BMW won't begin selling the 2014 X5 for another few months, but the
German manufacturer has brought the third-generation SAV's
configurator online, allowing interested customers to poke around and
look at the X5's optional goodies.
Like the 3 Series, the X5 is available in a number of lines that load
up extras automatically. There's also a do-it-yourself truck that
allows owners to pick and choose if they're not enamored with the
styling or trim of one of the dedicated packages. As usual, the
options list is quite vast, regardless of which line is chosen. We
were able to easily take the new, rear-drive X5 sDrive35i, which
started at $52,800, and bring the total price up past $80,000.
The new X5 carries over its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 from the current
model, as well as BMW's excellent 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six.
The X5 xDrive35d, with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel will also be
available on the third-generation SUV, but won't hit dealers until
early 2014. BMW is stepping outside of the X5's usual bounds, offering
a dedicated rear-drive model, available with all the same trimmings as
the xDrive vehicles.
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