The new BMW X5 has taken the brand's original so-called "Sport Activity Vehicle" to its logical next step, and now the German automaker has released a video that walks us through some of the changes made. With all three generations of X5 appearing in the clip, we get to see how the model has evolved through the years.
We begin with a look at the SUVs' front ends, with the video's host saying the X5 has "always appeared sturdy." We then take a closer look at the 2014 model's updated front end, focusing on the enlarged dual-kidney grilles that meet the headlights in the middle. The outgoing model is then superimposed over the first-generation X5, with the third-generation model then superimposed over that, showing the growth in dimensions over the years. The host points out that the X5 has retained its split-opening rear liftgate throughout its run, and says the 2014 model is more spacious inside than in previous years.
In other BMW news, the automaker recently announced it will expand the availability of its ConnectedDrive suite of features. ConnectedDrive is currently available in 11 countries, and over the course of 2013 the collection of connectivity features will be offered in an additional 14 markets. In the U.S., several features under the ConnectedDrive umbrella have been made standard or available for 2014. The BMW Assist system becomes standard on nearly all 2014 BMWs, with 10 years of Automatic Collision Notification and BMW Teleservice, while the iDrive 4.2 control interface is standard or available on most 2014 models. Navigation and BMW Online is now standard on all 2014 model-year 5 , 6 , and 7 Series models. Voice command options and message dictation are now available through Apple's Siri and Samsung's SVoice systems, and can be accessed by a button on the steering wheel when a compatible device is connected.
Check out the video on the X5 to learn more about BMW's latest SUV.