Continuing the electric push with a plug-in SUV.
It's immediately clear that you're in a BMW.
Seven seats without sliding doors.
Will someone please wake me up when BMW finally makes an exciting SUV? (think 4.8is)
Spend $20-30K less and get a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Pentastar V-6 has 290 hp and no turbos needed. Range Rovers need to be in a blender and I wouldnt have any of them.....I was soured on English products years ago. Long live the MGA and TR7! Germans dont know how to make a good SUV..period!!
Exterior design leaves me wanting something cleaner, especially the back end where, as Kyree aptly points out, they use the black-out treatment with the sloping D-pillar to help make the SUV look more "Sporting" (I assume this maintains cargo volume). The design needs more work to look less coerced. The front end looks just fine. I think they tried to make the glass canopy larger for improved visibility, which is good. This Canadian vehicle does not seem to have the darkish window tint that comes standard on these cars in the States. I'm sure that will help hide the rather ugly rear-window masking issues. I much prefer the exterior look of the prior "swollen" version.
Interior is nice. Driver seatbacks have lots of stitching detail that looks upscale, however, the driver seat bottom cushions in these pics already look "tired". Is this a pre-production version? Front end also seems to have build issues with offset seam joins. And why so many "rivets" along underside of wheel arches (most obvious on white car)?
Would be nice to know how these new X5s actually perform (0-60, cornering, brake distance, mpg). And along with Jared, I'd like to see a diet program similar to the new Cayenne and Range Rover Sport. No reason to haul around 5,000 lbs when aluminum and CF can be used in a volume seller like the X5.
Looks like they're getting everything more right ... BUT. I'd be a lot more impressed if it shed 500 pounds of weight and at least $7500 of cost. But then I'd have to admit that I have never had the slightest interest in owning a vehicle like this one, whether I admire it or not. As a daily driver, it makes no sense whatsoever unless you're a VERY well paid Forest Ranger. Otherwise, its for poseurs.
I'm noticing that more vehicles are not integrating the screens into the dash nicely. This is one, the new Mercedes ALS is another. They look like afterthoughts. My biggest concern would be sun glare. Can you see/read the screen in sunlight?
It's Harman Kardon not Harmon Kardon.
I'm going to call this new X5 out for pulling the same visual trick that a lot of the new crossovers use, one that I believe was first penned by the 2004 Lexus RX. The D-pillar adopts a rather drastic slope while the wraparound rear windscreen follows up by parallelling the more gradual slope of the C-pillar. Still, I really like it.
Sorry, nknorka, but just as the iPod wasn't the first file-based music player, it was the one that defined the market and sold in high volume. Same for the '91 Explorer.
Michael, You state "1991 Ford Explorer that started this whole sport-utility business." Excuse me, but the Jeep Cherokee had already been on sale for years when Ford decided to replace the hard core Bronco with the more family friendly Explorer. My 96 year old mother still has her 82 4 door, family friendly Cherokee SUV.