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2004-2006 BMW X5 I6
Manufacturer BMW
Production 1999–present
Assembly Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, four wheel drive

The BMW X5 is a mid-size crossover SUV introduced in 1999. It was BMW's first SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) also known as "Four-by-Four" (4x4) in the UK. It features all-wheel drive and is available with either manual or automatic transmission (automatic only from 2006 model year). A range of gasoline inline-6s, V8s and diesel engines are offered.

BMW describes the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) rather than an SUV, to emphasize its on-road ability despite its size. Like the Lexus RX 300 and Mercedes M-Class, the X5 heralded the shift from truck-based body-on-frame SUVs to sedan-based crossovers that would come to fruition in the late 2000s.

All X5s are manufactured in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In 2003, BMW launched the smaller X3, which uses the "X" prefix applied to the BMW SAVs which were derivatives of the BMW number-series models.



First generation
2000–2003 BMW X5 3.0si
Model year(s) 1999–2006
Platform BMW E53
Engine(s) 3.0 L 225 hp I6
4.4 L 286 HP (2000–2003) 315 HP (2004–2006)  hp V8
4.6 L 347 hp V8
4.8 L 355 hp (264.7 kw) @ 6200 rpm V8
3.0 L 193/218 hp I6 Diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 111.0 in (2819 mm)
Length 183.7 in (4666 mm)
Width 73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height 2000–2003 V8: 67.2 in (1707 mm)
2001–2003 I6: 67.5 in (1715 mm)
2004–2006 V8 4.8I: 67.9 in (1725 mm)
2004–2006 I6: 69.3 in (1760 mm)
Fuel capacity 93 L (25 US gal; 20 imp gal)
Related BMW 5 Series
BMW X-Coupe

The BMW E53 X5 crossover vehicle was made between 1999 and 2006. Production ceased September, 2006[1] and has been replaced by the BMW E70. The E53 was developed at a time when BMW still owned Land Rover and as such shares many components and designs with both Land Rover and also the BMW E39 5-series.[citation needed]


Second generation
2008 BMW X5.
Model year(s) 2006–present
Platform BMW E70
Engine(s) 3.0 L 260 hp I6
3.0 L 265 hp Diesel TT I6
4.8 L 350 hp V8
4.4 L 400 hp V8 Twin Turbo
4.4 L 555 hp V8 Twin Turbo
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic; 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,933 mm (115.5 in)
Length 4,860 mm (191.3 in)
Width 1,933 mm (76.1 in)
Height 2006–2008: 1,766 mm (69.5 in)
2009–: 1,776 mm (69.9 in)
Related BMW X6

The BMW E70 is the current X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). It replaced the BMW E53 in November 2006. The BMW E70 automobile platform replaced the BMW E53 as the X5's underpinnings. The E70-based X5 SAV features many new technological advancements including BMW's iDrive system as standard equipment and, for the first time in a BMW, an optional third row seat.

The current generation incorporates safety innovations for the crossover segment, such as a unique rear framing section to protect 3rd row occupants from injury due to an impact.

The Branding for the X5 from late 2008 onwards follows the new BMW branding scheme, for example the X5 3.0sd is now called the X5 XDrive 35D and the 4.8 i is called the X5 XDrive 48I.


Calendar year U.S. sales
1999 1,312
2000 26,720
2001[2] 40,622
2002[3] 42,742
2003[4] 40,715
2004[5] 35,225
2005 37,598
2006[6] 26,798
2007[7] 35,202
2008 31,858
2009 27,071

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