BMW debuts Off-Road SUV package on redesigned 2019 X5

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The new, fourth-generation 2019 BMW X5 is longer, wider, and seats more people than its previous iteration. It’s also designed to be more capable off-road thanks to the company’s new Off-Road packaging, debuting on the X5.

BMW has designed the 2019 X5 on a new chassis that is based on a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle. A dynamic damper control system is standard and electronically controls the vehicle’s drive dynamics while increasing ride and suspension comfort. The comfort and level is controlled via a switch to either a comfort-orientated style or a performance-focused setup.

The company’s new Off-Road Package features a two-axle air suspension system with automatic self-levelling, underbody protection at the front and rear, electronically controlled rear differential lock, package-specific instrument and center display graphics, and drive mode select. The drive modes added to models equipped with the Off-Road Package include sand, rock, gravel, and snow. The system controls accelerator response, the transmission control, and corrective inputs.

No word on the pricing of the new package has been announced. The cost of the X5 is expected to be higher than the outgoing model, and buyers who choose the Off-Road Package will likely pay a premium.

The 2019 BMW X5 goes on sale in North America later this year.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
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