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Introduction

The X5 marks BMW’s introduction into the luxury “Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV)” niche seg- ment of the Sport Utility Vehicle market. While carrying the designation X5, the vehicle is not based on the 5 Series but it is its own new car-like platform. The X5 is offered with two engine variants:

  • The 4.4 liter M62 TU engine equipped with the A5S 440 Z automatic transmission.

  • The 3 liter M54 engine with either the GM 5 automatic or 5 speed manual transmission

The X5 incorporates the following features:

  • Four wheel independent sus- pension (BMW tradition)

  • Full time - all wheel drive (planetary gear transfer case)

  • All road vehicle (ON/OFF road capabilities)

  • High ground clearance

  • Unitized body and Chassis (car like ride and handling)

  • Double pivot front suspension

  • “Integral Link” rear suspen- sion with air spring self level- ing

  • X5 specific traction control system

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Two different suspension options are offered (standard and sport) with different springs, shock absorbers and stabilizers.

The X5 has 180 mm ground clearance, for both suspensions to allow off road travel. However, the suspension travel is the same as the E39 which allows the X5 to retain a car like feel when driven every day.

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