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2019 BMW X5 Rolls Into Dealers in Time for Turkey Day

2019 BMW X5 Rolls Into Dealers in Time for Turkey Day
2019 bmw x5

when the redesigned 2019 bmw x5 goes on sale some two weeks before thanksgiving, the top-end, v-8-powered xdrive50i will set you back $76,745 with destination, or about as much as america's priciest restaurant turkey dinner. unlike the latter, the x5 does not proffer foie gras stuffing or caviar-topped potatoes. but it does pack a 456-horsepower, turbocharged v-8 and standard all-wheel drive, plus two 12.3-inch dashboard screens, adaptive led headlights and a panoramic moonroof.

minus the v-8, the six-cylinder x5 xdrive40i serves as the base model for 2019 as of this writing, and it starts at $61,695. that gets you a turbo six-cylinder used engine good for 335 hp, plus all the other features at a price that's $1,200 north of the outgoing, turbo six-cylinder x5 xdrive35i.

standard features in the five-seat suv include the dashboard screens, leds and moonroof mentioned above, plus driver-adjustable shock absorbers, a navigation system, a blind spot warning system and forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking. optional features are air springs and active stabilizer bars, as well as cabin comforts like heated armrests, bowers & wilkins premium audio, and heated and cooled cupholders. (balk all you want, but the trick cupholders have been around for a while.) eventually, a third-row seat will also join the options.

with the outgoing x5, bmw offered a base rear-drive variant called the sdrive35i that started at $58,195 — $3,500 less than the least expensive 2019 x5. the automaker may yet reprise the lower-priced variant, however, as spokesman oleg satanovsky told us bmw plans to offer a rear-drive x5 40i at some point. it also plans to cook up plug-in hybrid and higher-performance versions of the suv — both available with the outgoing generation — but announcements are still to come. a diesel version for the u.s. "is a possibility," satanovsky added, but a decision is pending. the 2019 x5 goes on sale nov. 10.

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