Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines, launched on April 29 the all-new third-generation BMW X5 'Sports Activity Vehicle' (SAV) at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.

The Bavarian car maker said in a press release that this third-generation model sports a revised exterior, a more comfortable and technologically laden interior, and more fuel-efficient engines.

ACC execs with 2014 BMW X5

“First introduced to the global market in 1999 and in the Philippine market in 2002, the BMW X5 is the pioneering vehicle that forever changed the face of the luxury SAV segment. The introduction of this new type of efficient driving dynamics led to others in the market following suit, but none coming close to the original. Over the years, the BMW X5 has continued to evolve into a versatile Sports Activity Vehicle that exudes the same commanding presence as those on top. Like a Boss,” said ACC president Maricar Parco in a speech.

2014 BMW X5

Only one model, the five-seater xDrive30d, will be officially sold in the country. As options, it can be specified with either the ‘Design Pure Excellence’ or the ‘Design Pure Experience’ packs that alter the X5’s exterior appearance.

It is powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, straight-six diesel producing 258 PS and 560 Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

BMW said the X5 does 0 to 100 km/hin6.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 230 km/h.

The X5 also features BMW’s EfficientDymanics technology, which includes features like air curtains, brake energy regeneration and automatic engine stop-start to help improve fuel economy. As a result, the automaker said the SAV achieves an average fuel consumption figureof over 16 km/l.

Up front, the X5 has a more pointed nose than the previous-generation model, with its prominent kidney grilles flanked by large xenon head lights.

The fog lights reside close underneath, while the L-shaped openings at the corners of the lower bumper give the SAV a wider stance and a kind of grin to its face.

Down the side, the strake along the belt line complements the roof rails and the black, plastic undercladding to give the X5 a purposeful and sporty appearance.

The rear looks like a taller BMW X1 SAV, with its wide light-emitting diode (LED) tail lights and plastic lower bumper housing the dual exhaust pipes.

The X5 also has an electrically operated, split-folding tailgate as standard.

2014 BMW X5 interior

Inside, the cabin follows the swooping, oblong design of the 5 Series and 7 Series sedans, and features leather, wood and brushed aluminum trim. LED ambient lights, with selectable colors, give the driver the option to set the mood of the interior.

In the middle of the dashboard is a standard 10.2-inch screen connected to BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The system also has a 20 GB hard drive that can accept media files and mobile information into the car’s on-board computer.

The SAV comes standard with an electronically adjustable chassis, while a host of BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems are available as options.

Below are the prices for the all-new X5:

  • X5 xDrive30d (Standard) – Php 6,490,000
  • X5 Design Pure Experience – Php 6,990,000
  • X5 Design Pure Excellence – Php 6,990,000