Looking at the 2011 BMW X5

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According to various evaluations of the 2010 BMW X5, there are a couple of changes going on for the upcoming lineups. For one thing, this premium-midsize SUV – which can seat up to a total of 7 passengers and has an all-wheel drive for standard – is going to have fresh styling and brand new powertrains.

Turbocharged with a 300 hp 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine is the xDrive 35i. This is a change from the former 260 hp inline 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine that the model once came with. Another xDrive is the 50i, which is powered by a 400 hp 4.4 liter V8 engine, which also replaced a former engine type, specifically the 350 hp 4.8 liter V8. Also, the X5 models now have 8-speed automatic transmissions.

2011 BMW X5 Looking at the 2011 BMW X5

Incorporating the BMW’s Brake Energy Reservation System are the 35i and the 50i. This system’s main function is to conserve fuel by limiting the times when the alternator charges the battery to when the vehicle decelerates or hits full brakes.

There are, however, some things that remained the same. Such is the case of the sports-themed X5 M. It’s powered by a 555 hp variation of the xDrive 50i, with 4.4 liter turbocharged V8 together with a 6-speed automatic.

Another case would be the xDrive 35d. It maintains its 265 hp 3.0 liter turbodiesel inline 6-cylinder engine, which works together with a 6-speed automatic. Its max towing capacity is 6k lbs.

In a test conducted by experts, the xDrive 35d got a spot on total score of 71, which is approximate to the average score of 71.7 that most premium-midsized sport-utility vehicles would get in the same test.

Just like the X5 M, the xDrive 35d is among the most potent SUVs that you can ever find in the market today. It boasts a score of 8 in the acceleration test, thanks to its amazingly direct throttle response and surprising power at almost all driving speeds.

The safety features which are standard to all models include the traction control, anti-locking brake system or ABS, antiskid system, hill-descent control, and airbags for the front side and curtain side.

Standard to the X5s as well is the BMW’s iDrive, which is a user-friendly interface that lets the drive control entertainment, navigation, communication, and climate settings through a single knob.

There are three trim levels for the xDrive 35i, namely the (1) Base, (2) Premium, and (3) Sport Activity trim levels. There’s also an optional package for the xDrive 35i Sport Activity called the M Sport Package, which includes Active Roll Stabilization by BMW, specifically designed to counter body lean.

There are other available  features like the navigation system, DVD entertainment, head-up instrument display, rearview camera complete with obstacle detection for the front and rear of the vehicle, automatic climate control for four zones, heated seats (front and rear), and adaptive cruise control.

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