BMW X5 (E70)

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BMW X5 (E70)
2nd BMW X5 -- 07-14-2012.JPG
Manufacturer BMW
Production 28 September 2006 – 28 June 2013
Model years 2007–2013
Assembly Greer, South Carolina, United States (BMW America)
Toluca, Mexico (BMW de México)
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)[1]
Designer Pierre Leclercq (2003)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Related BMW X6 BMW X4

3.0L 272 hp I6
3.0L 306 hp I6 TT
3.0L 265 hp Diesel TT I6
4.8L 350 hp V8
4.4L 400 hp V8 TT

4.4L 547 hp V8 TT
Transmission 6-speed automatic with Steptronic
8-speed ZF 8HP automatic
Wheelbase 2,933 mm (115.5 in)
Length 4,854 mm (191.1 in)
M: 4,851 mm (191.0 in)
Width 1,933 mm (76.1 in)
M: 1,994 mm (78.5 in)
Height 2007-08: 1,766 mm (69.5 in)
2009-: 1,776 mm (69.9 in)
M: 1,764 mm (69.4 in)
Predecessor BMW X5 (E53)
Successor BMW X5 (F15)

The BMW E70 is second-generation BMW X5 mid-size luxury crossover SUV. It replaced the BMW X5 (E53) in November 2006. It is manufactured alongside the new, 2009 BMW X6 at BMW's Greer, South Carolina plant in the USA and BMW's facility in Toluca, Mexico.


The E70 BMW X5 was 60 mm (2.4 in) wider, 165 mm (6.5 in) longer; with a 110 mm (4.3 in) longer wheelbase, but remains at the height of the E53 X5 at 1,766 mm (69.5 in). Development of the E70 began in 2001 under Dr. Albert Biermann, with the design phase beginning in 2002. In 2003, Pierre Leclercq's design proposal was chosen by Chris Bangle and frozen for production in early 2004. Prototypes began testing in late 2004. Development ended in mid-2006.[2][3]


Facelift BMW X5 xDrive35i

The xDrive AWD system updates previewed in the facelifted X5 have continued with further detail improvements for the E70. It uses a double wishbone suspension at the front.[4] The manual transmission is entirely dropped, leaving only the automatic transmission.

The E70 features many new technological advancements for this class as standard equipment including BMW's iDrive system, electronic 'joystick' gearshift (no mechanical connection to the gearbox to win space in the console), LED taillamps, the first ever all-polypropylene single module fender module,[5] and options such as head-up display HUD, active steering, active damping, and Dynamic Drive which uses active anti-roll bars which use a hydraulic servo in the middle to actively counteract body roll.[4]

The interior of the new, larger, X5 is completely new. It has a large center-mounted display screen and the simplified iDrive, a man-machine interface system also found in the rest of the BMW model range. The E70 further incorporates many comfort options such as a glass panorama-roof, and, for the first time in a BMW, an optional third row seat which has increased the seating capacity in E70 to 7 passengers, addressing criticism of the E53 model which had been regarded as being slightly too small for this market segment.

The E70 is also the first production vehicle to use FlexRay, a new extremely fast electrical bus system; it is only used for the control of the chassis damping system. The new 'joy-stick'-style electronic space-saving shifter has since been adopted in the new 2008 BMW 5 Series.

For the 2010 model year the X5 received the new iDrive system and the BMW individual audio system along with various other minor updates.

Technical features which other BMW models use also:

New is the Park Distance system that can be integrated into the image of the optional rearview camera.

BMW X5 M (2010-13)[edit]

2010 BMW X5 M
BMW X5 M S63 Engine

The BMW X5 M is a high-performance derivative of the X5. It was introduced to the press at the New York Auto Show in April 2009, and started appearing in BMW dealerships in September 2009. It competes with cars such as the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. At the time of its launch, it was the world’s most powerful car in its class.[citation needed]

The BMW X5 M is the first xDrive all-wheel-drive vehicles from M GmbH along with the X6 M. The M offers the same utility as the regular X5, with the addition of the V8 M TwinPower Turbo, a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 delivering 547 bhp (408 kW; 555 PS) at 5,750 rpm and peak torque is 501 lb·ft (679 N·m), available between 1,500 and 5,650 rpm. The S63 engine is a high output variation of the N63 power unit.

The X5 M can sprint from a standstill to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.0 seconds, and a quarter-mile (400m) time of 12.5 seconds with a trap speed of 112 mph (180.2 km/h) was recorded by Car and Driver magazine.[6] In the same test, the X5 M bested the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times of the 2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, and the 2010 Range Rover Sport Supercharged. In wet conditions, the X5 M went around the Top Gear Test Track in 1:28.2, 5.1 seconds faster the Audi Q7 V12 TDI.[citation needed]

Coupled with special suspension specifically optimized for M that features Adaptive Drive and the newly developed M Servotronic power steering, the performance Sport Activity Vehicle promises very competent handling. Other high-tech features include launch control for maximum acceleration and a six-speed M Sport automatic transmission optimized for performance. Drivers can manually select gears using either paddles or an electronic gear selector lever. Electronically controlled, variable power distribution to the front and rear axle prevents the tendency to oversteer or understeer, before DSC Dynamic Stability Control is required to cut in.

The BMW X5 M features the biggest brakes on a BMW production vehicle, with 15.55" (395x36mm) rotors up front clamped by four-piston calipers, and 15.2" (385x24mm) rotors at the rear with single-piston calipers. Although traction control is standard, the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) reduces the effect of the system, allowing some wheelspin and drift-type cornering.

Model lineup[edit]


Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine code Power Torque
3.0si 2007–2008 N52B30 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp)@6650 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) @2750
xDrive30i 2009–2010
xDrive35i 2011–2013 N55B30 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@5800[7] 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) @1200–5000[7]
4.8i 2007–2008 N62B48 355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)@6300 475 N·m (350 lb·ft)@3400–3800
xDrive48i 2009–2010
xDrive50i 2011–2013 N63B44 408 PS (300 kW; 402 hp)@5500-6400 610 N·m (450 lb·ft) @1750–4500
M 2010-2013 S63B44 555 PS (408 kW; 547 hp)@6000 680 N·m (500 lb·ft) @1500–5650

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine code Power Torque
3.0d 2007–2008 M57TU2D30 235 PS (173 kW; 232 hp)@4000 520 N·m (380 lb·ft) @2000–2750
xDrive30d 2009–2010
xDrive30d 2011–present 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp)@4000 540 N·m (400 lb·ft) @1750
3.0sd 2007–2008 286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp)@4400 580 N·m (430 lb·ft) @1750–2250
xDrive35d 2009
US Market
2009–2013 269 PS (198 kW; 265 hp)@4200 576 N·m (425 lb·ft) @1750
xDrive40d 2010–present 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@4400 600 N·m (440 lb·ft) @1500–2500
M50d 2013 N57S 381 PS (280 kW; 376 hp)@4400 740 N·m (550 lb·ft) @2000–3000


All models include 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The new 8-speed transmission is standard in the xDrive50i and xDrive35i from 2011 model year.[8]


Model top speed (km/h) 0–100 km/h (s) Fuel consumption(ECE) (L/100 km) CO2-emission (g/km) Kerb weight (EU)
3.0si 210 km/h (130 mph) 8,1 10,2 244 2,125 kg (4,685 lb)
xDrive30i 225 km/h (140 mph) 8,1 10,2 244 2,125 kg (4,685 lb)
4.8i, xDrive48i 240 km/h (150 mph) 6,5 12,0 286
X5 M 250 km/h (160 mph), 275 km/h (171 mph) with M Driver's Package 4,7 13,9 325 2,380 kg (5,250 lb)
xDrive35i[9] 242 km/h (150 mph) 6,8 10,1 236 2,145 kg (4,729 lb)
xDrive50i[9] 250 km/h (160 mph) 5,5 12,5 292 2,265 kg (4,993 lb)
3.0d 210 km/h (130 mph) 8,0 8,2 217 2,150 kg (4,740 lb)
xDrive30d (2008–2010) 216 km/h (134 mph) 8,0 8,2 214 2,150 kg (4,740 lb)
3.0sd, xDrive35d 235 km/h (146 mph) 6,9 8,3 220 2,185 kg (4,817 lb)
xDrive30d (2010-) 210 km/h (130 mph) 7,6 7,4 195 2,150 kg (4,740 lb)
xDrive40d 237 km/h (147 mph) 6.6 9,2 198 2,185 kg (4,817 lb)



NHTSA 2013 X5 xDrive35i:[11]
Overall: 4/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 3/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 3/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars / 17.4%

2010/2011 X5 "Life Cycle Impulse" (LCI) Changes[edit]

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d

In 2010 the X5 underwent a "Life Cycle Impulse" (LCI) update, debuted at the New York Auto show in April 2010 and introduced as 2011 models in BMW North America markets. The changes included revised styling, primarily of the front and rear bumpers, air intakes and headlights as well as new exterior and interior colors and new options combination. It also included BMW Group's latest infotainment system.

More significantly, a new range of engines, all turbocharged and with direct injection was introduced. In the North American market, available gasoline power trains are the xDrive 35i twin-scroll turbo six-cylinder and the xDrive50i twin turbo V8, both coupled to an eight-speed automatic Steptronic transmission. These petrol engines are more powerful and lighter than their predecessors, with the 35i also providing improved fuel mileage and reduced emissions. The xDrive 35d turbo diesel carries over in the NA market with the six-speed transmission unchanged from the previous model year. The xDrive40d was also introduced along with a revised xDrive30d, but neither are currently available in the North American market.[12]

The X5M engine and transmission remains the same.

BMW X5 Security Plus[edit]

It is a variant with safety glass, heavy-duty material and ballistics-resistant steel modifications. It comes with 4.8l engine with Steptronic automatic transmission.[citation needed] Armour is rated to safety class VR4, and in the 'Security Plus' variant is configured to resist the 7.62mm, AK-47 assault rifle.[13] The vehicle sells for approximately $220,000.

Vision EfficientDynamics[edit]

It is a hybrid electric vehicle model featuring 2.0L 4-cylinder variable twin-turbo diesel engine rated 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) and 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) at 2000–2250 rpm, a 15-kilowatt electric motor driven by a lithium ion battery pack, 8-speed transmission developed by BMW and ZF, roof-mounted solar panels, 19-inch light alloy wheels with reduced ventilation.[14]

It was unveiled in 2008 Geneva Auto Show.[15][16][17]

Copy of the X5[edit]

In June 2008, the Regional Court of Munich ruled that the Chinese SUV brand, "Shuang-huan SCEO" is a copy of the BMW X5, prohibited the defendant importer of these vehicles in the "trade in Germany" offer and ordered the destruction of all "vehicles with a certain look" at which the defendant's possession or ownership (Az.: 4HK O 16807/07).



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