It was only last year when BMW introduced to the world the all-new X5, building on the success of the previous-generation models. Now just a year later, it is finally in the country, ready to take on the premium SUV market.

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, held the launch of the fourth generation X5 last night at The Fifth Rockwell. Unlike previous models of the X5 sold locally, only one variant of the all-new X5 is available at launch – X5 xDrive30d xLine – with a price of Php 5,990,000.

Php 5.99 million will get you a 2019 BMW X5 image

Styling-wise, the all-new X5 doesn't stray far from the brand's current design language. The large crossover continues to feature BMW's signature styling cues such as the large kidney grills and the Hoffmeister kink on the side. Up front, there are new angular dual LED headlights similar to the smaller X3. The new front bumper looks identical to that of the X7 featuring a full width lower air-intake. At the rear, the X5 loses its signature L-shaped taillights in favor of a new pair of slim LED units similar to the current 5-Series. It also gets a new split tailgate design. Locally, the X5 is fitted with 20-inch wheels with a V-spoke design as standard.

Php 5.99 million will get you a 2019 BMW X5 image

Step inside, and occupants are greeted by a new cascading dashboard design. In front of the driver is BMW's new fully digital instrument cluster Operating System 7.0. It provides drivers with numerous information on one screen as well as offers numerous personalization options. The driver-oriented center stack features BMW's new iDrive infotainment system which features voice command and BMW's new gesture control.

Php 5.99 million will get you a 2019 BMW X5 image

Under the hood, the X5 xDrive30d xLine is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine which produces 265 horsepower and 620 Nm of torque. An 8-speed Steptronic transmission then sends power to all four wheels via BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. This allows the crossover to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds. Also, the new X5 for the local market has been geared towards road-use instead of off-road. That means some features from the previous generation have been removed like the air suspension, active suspension with dynamic dampers and off-road modes.

Php 5.99 million will get you a 2019 BMW X5 image

The X5 will come with a 5-year/200,000 km warranty (BMW Repair Inclusive), a first in the premium automotive segment. BMW Repair Inclusive includes repairs that are completed at authorized BMW facilities using only original BMW parts to help protect both performance and the automobile’s value.

Php 5.99 million will get you a 2019 BMW X5 image

Will more variants of the X5 be introduced at a later date? We’ll find out soon enough.

BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine – Php 5,990,000