Buyers waiting on the new 2014 BMW X5 may still have to wait until later this year to get their hands on the new crossover, but at least they can now customize the X5 of their dreams on BMW's website.
We already knew that the 2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i starts at $53,725, including destination, which represents a roughly $5000 jump over the outgoing 2013 X5. The cheapest all-wheel-drive X5 (the xDrive35i) will start at $56,025, the diesel X5 xDrive35d retails for $57,525, and the V-8-powered X5 xDrive50i costs a pretty penny at $69,125. Production of the gas-fueled X5 models begins next month, but the diesel doesn't start until December, which could explain why BMW's site doesn't let you configure a 2014 X5 xDrive35d just yet. (For those who are interested, the 2013 model is still there.)
So what kind of goodies can the 2014 BMW X5 be loaded up with? Anyone familiar with the BMW ordering guide will immediately feel at home with the third-generation X5 – the same cold weather, driver assistance, and premium packages offered elsewhere in the BMW lineup are offered on the X5. However, there are two exclusive interior design packages – in Ivory White and Mocha – which add multi-contour seats, unique interior trim, and Nappa leather; either package costs $1950, plus an additional $1300 for the seats. Upscale options include things like four-zone climate control ($500), a Nappa leather dashboard ($1200), and ceramic controls ($650). A third row is a $1700 standalone option.
Ticking all the option boxes quickly becomes an expensive proposal. A fully loaded 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i with the M Sport line will cost a cool $98,275, including destination. On top of the smattering of luxury equipment and appointments, buyers willing to shell out nearly six figures for a loaded X5 will also receive a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 good for 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Buyers willing to sacrifice a little power can opt for either the turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 rated at 300 hp and 295 lb-ft or for the 255-hp, 414-lb-ft turbodiesel 3.0-liter I-6. All three engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.