X5: The World's First Sports Activity Vehicle, Now In Two Models
A year ago at this same venue, the BMW X5 made its world debut in the form of the V8-powered X5 4.4i model; in the meantime it has begun to appear on U.S. roads and byways. The X5 is like nothing else in the world: an utterly new category of motor vehicle, one with the SUV (sport-utility) characteristics but most emphatically not typical SUV personality, handling, performance and ride. At its base price of $49,970 including destination charge, the X5 is the all-new alternative for buyers seeking performance, quality, luxury and BMW-style road capabilities in a rugged, SUV-style vehicle. Not incidentally, the X5 also brims with advanced functional technology, including fulltime all-wheel drive, 4-wheel All Season Traction, Dynamic Stability Control and a remarkable new driving amenity called Hill Descent Control. As the second X5 model, the new X5 3.0i now makes its world debut here in Detroit as well. Powered by a new evolution of BMW's smooth, sonorous and universally acclaimed inline 6-cylinder engine, with 3.0-liter displacement and 224 hp, the X5 3.0i will be available with a 5-speed manual transmission, thus adding another dimension to the its unique combination of BMW sportiness and SUV characteristics. Naturally, it will also be available with a 5-speed automatic. The X5 3.0i goes on sale in June 2000 at a base price of $39,470.