Four years after its launch, the BMW X5 continues to receive numerous awards for its innovative design and technology. For instance, the X5 is the first so-called "large off-roader" to be awarded a score of five stars in the Euro NCAP Test the most stringent crash test any automobile can be subjected to. BMW recently released the updated version of the X5 following its enormous success both here and abroad.

The main aspects of the revised design are comprised of: a new intelligent four-wheel drive system; a more powerful engine; and modernized central design elements. This means that the X5 remains the perfect vehicle for the driver who wishes to combine the excellent handling and drive characteristics typical of a BMW, with the ability to master a wide range of driving situations, including off-road.

The successful combination of sportiness and economy is what has made the diesel model, the BMW X5 3.0d, one of the most popular Sports Activity Vehicle engines in the local market. The revised in-line six-cylinder turbo diesel with second generation Common Rail direct injection pumps out maximum power of 218bhp and maximum torque of 368lb/ft. It reaches the 100 km/h mark in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h. Consumption figure is at 8.6 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, despite its generous performance features. The engine transmits its colossal power in six finely graded ratios and is fitted with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The xDrive reacts faster than other systems because it is able to "think" further in advance. It not only makes use of the information obtained from the wheel sensors, but also data collected by the sensors of the DSC stabilisation system as well. This enables xDrive to distribute the drive power ideally and at any given moment between the two axles, for instance in a dynamic driving situation in bends, thereby significantly minimising under or oversteering. In addition to the clear increase in agility and driving enjoyment, xDrive also provides great safety benefits. In many driving situations, vehicle stabilisation systems such as DSC can only be activated much later than is the case with standard four-wheel drive systems.

The revised technical features of the X5 also provided the designers with a good reason to further improve the vehicle's visual appearance. This has resulted in a certain sharpening of the X5's character, making its enormous technical performance discreetly visible to the more sharp-eyed among us, with typical BMW understatement.

The front of the car has been completely revised right up to the A column. The relief design on the bonnet, characteristic of the BMW X models, has been clearly emphasized, and it now displays more dynamism, reflecting BMW's new design language. The character lines in the bonnet are wider and higher and run into the BMW typical double kidney grille design. The kidney-shaped air inlets have also been enlarged, lending the X5 increased presence. The dual headlights have been given more dynamic external contours matching the more rounded indicator lamps. The designers have created an almost mystical night-style design through the incorporation of the new, illuminated corona rings surrounding the four headlamps.

With the improvements and innovations, the new BMW X5 clearly continues to set the benchmark in its class. The X5 will be available for test drives starting this month. Contact your nearest authorised BMW dealer for details.

BMW also brought a BMW-Williams Formula One racecar driven by Ralf Schumacher which went on display at their dealership network. It was a joint project with Castrol Philippines as part of their promotional program.