In November 2006, the BMW E70 replaced the BMW X5, becoming the second-generation BMW X5 mid-size luxury crossover SUV. Most of the system updates like the xDrive AWD, introduced in the revamped X5 have been developed further in the E70. For instance at the front, the E70 has a double wishbone suspension. However, it only has the automatic transmission missing the manual transmission. What is appealing about the E70 is that for its class, it has standard fresh technological improved features.
Some of these novel features include; the BMW iDrive computerized system that unifies the vehicle systems into one convenient control arrangement, and the Electronic-joystick’-gearshift. The electronic joystick ensures the connection to the gearbox is not mechanical thereby creating more space in the console. The X70 also has LED taillamps and an all-polypropylene single-module fender. Furthermore, it includes the HUD heads-up display, active-damping, active steering and the Dynamic Drive options.
The Dynamic Drive utilizes anti-roll bars whose midsections have the hydraulic servo. It, therefore, helps to lower vehicle body roll risks. It is a much welcome improvement to the X5, which had a 17.4 percent rollover risk.
When it comes to comfort, the E70 does not disappoint. It comes with a panorama glass roof and a spacious third-row seat that can comfortably accommodate seven passengers. The large seating capacity will without a doubt silence the critics who felt the E53 model was a little small-sized for this market niche.
Another impressive aspect of the E70 is that it the first production car to utilize the FlexRay system. It is an extremely fast modern electrical bus system used to control the chassis damping system.
These updates are however not just limited to the E70 model. The refurbished X5 for instance now features a much larger interior consisting of a huge display screen mounted at the center. Furthermore, it has a simple looking iDrive and a man-machine interface unit. The recent 2008 BMW 5 Series has also adopted the space saving Electronic-joystick’-gearshift while the 2010 X5 model incorporates the iDrive system, individual audio system, and many other minor tweaks.
THE BMW X5 M
This high-performance replica of the X5 was first unveiled to the press in April 2009, during the New York Auto show. However, it did not appear in the BMW dealership showrooms until September of the same year. During its launch, it was the most powerful vehicle in the world. Beating other cars in its class like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG.
One of the impressive traits of the X5 M, as recorded by the Car and Driver magazine, is its sprinting ability. It can accelerate from a standstill to speeds of up to 97km/h in just four seconds. Besides, it can cover a quarter of a mile in twelve and a half seconds, with a trap speed of one hundred and twelve miles per hour. In both the 0-60 miles per hour and the quarter mile tests the X5 M beat the 2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the supercharger 2010 Range Rover Sport, and the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8.
Interestingly enough, when racing on the Top Gear Test-Track under wet conditions, the X5 M covered the track in one minute, twenty seconds and two milliseconds. Beating the Audi Q7 V12 TDI, which was 5.1 seconds slower.
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