2019 BMW X5 25d, 45e, M50i join Australian lineup

August 21, 2019

The 2019 BMW X5 range is expanding in Australia, with the introduction of the xDrive25d, xDrive45e, and M Performance M50i. The BMW X7 also welcomes the M50i V8 engine option.

These new variants join the existing xDrive30d and xDrive40i X5. And coming in as the new entry variant, the xDrive25d features a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces 170kW and 450Nm. It’s capable of 0-100km/h in a claimed 7.5 seconds.

Moving up to the new xDrive45e, this introduces a fresh hybrid setup, replacing the old xDrive40e that was offered on the previous generation X5. Instead of a four-cylinder petrol engine in the 40e, the 45e uses a more appealing 3.0-litre turbo inline-six.

This is paired with an electric motor system which produces 83kW on its own. The electric system also provides an electric range of 60-65km. Combined though, the powertrain develops an impressive 290kW and 600Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 5.6 seconds, which is a decent improvement over the old 230kW 40e which did 6.8 seconds.

If it’s performance you want, you need the M50i. Under the bonnet is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol that develops 390kW and 750Nm. It’s able to conquer 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.3 seconds. This engine is now available in the X7 as well, offering a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.7 seconds. Speaking about the new variants, BMW Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah, said:

“We are delighted to enhance our X5 and X7 model offerings with dynamic new powertrains that provide excellent solutions for our customers including the highly capable xDrive25d at the entry point and the M50i at the flagship, high performance level.”

Coinciding with the new variants, BMW is also announcing a factory-designed tow bar system for the X5 and X7, as an option. For most of the lineup, the braked towing capacity is 3500kg, only the X5 25d and 45e are rated less at 2700kg.

The updates are on sale now from the following prices (excludes on-road costs), with deliveries set to commence late this year. The towing package retails from $2500 for all X5 and X7 variants. See further below for some of the highlight standard features for each variant.

2019 BMW X5 xDrive25d: $99,900
2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e: $129,900
2019 BMW X5 M50i: $151,900

2019 BMW X7 M50i: $171,900

2019 BMW X5 xDrive25d highlights:

  • 20-inch light alloy wheels (Star-spoke style) with runflat tyres
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Comfort Access system
  • Travel & Comfort system
  • Fine-wood Fineline Stripe brown high-gloss interior trim
  • Ambient light
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Parking Assistant Plus, with surround-view camera
  • Connected Package Professional
  • Live Cockpit Professional, with natural voice control, iDrive controller, touch operation on the Control Display and smartphone connectivity
  • Head-up display, HiFi loudspeaker system & wireless smartphone charging
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Seat heating, front
  • Satinated aluminium roof rails

2019 BMW X5 xDrive45e highlights:

  • M Sport package
  • Adaptive two-axle air suspension
  • 20-inch M light alloy wheels (Star-spoke style in bicolour Orbit Grey) with runflat tyres
  • Leather Vernasca upholstery
  • Panorama sunroof
  • Comfort Access system & Travel & Comfort system
  • Aluminium Tetragon interior trim finish
  • Ambient light
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Parking Assistant Plus, with surround-view camera
  • Connected Package Professional
  • Live Cockpit Professional, with natural voice control, iDrive controller, touch operation on the Control Display and smartphone connectivity
  • Head-up display, HiFi loudspeaker system & wireless smartphone charging
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Seat heating, front

2019 BMW X5 M50i highlights:

  • M Performance V8 engine with two BMW TwinPower turbochargers
  • 22-inch M light alloy wheels (V-spoke style in M bicolour)
  • M Performance exhaust
  • M Sport differential
  • M exterior design with elements in Cerium grey
  • M Sport brakes
  • Metallic paint
  • Adaptive M suspension Professional
  • Integral active steering
  • BMW LaserLight
  • Leather Vernasca upholstery
  • BMW Individual instrument panel finished in leather
  • Soft-close function for doors
  • Lumbar support
  • Automatic air-conditioning with four-zone climate control
  • Panorama glass sunroof
  • Comfort Access system
  • Travel & Comfort system
  • Aluminium Tetragon interior trim finish
  • Ambient light
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Parking Assistant Plus, with surround-view camera
  • Connected Package Professional
  • Live Cockpit Professional, with natural voice control, iDrive controller, touch operation on the Control Display and smartphone connectivity
  • Head-up display
  • Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system, 16 speakers
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Seat heating, front

2019 BMW X7 M50i highlights:

  • M Performance V8 engine with two BMW TwinPower turbochargers
  • 22-inch M light alloy wheels (V-spoke style in M bicolour Cerium grey) w/mixed tyres
  • M Performance exhaust
  • M Sport differential
  • Adaptive two-axle air suspension
  • Executive Drive Pro
  • Integral active steering
  • Metallic paint
  • BMW LaserLight
  • Leather Merino upholstery
  • BMW Individual instrument panel finished in leather
  • Soft-close function for doors
  • Heated cup holders
  • Lumbar support
  • Automatic air-conditioning with five-zone climate control
  • Panorama glass sunroof
  • Comfort Access system
  • Travel & Comfort system
  • BMW Individual fine-wood trim Ash Grain silver grey high-gloss interior trim finish
  • Ambient light
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Parking Assistant Plus, with surround-view camera
  • Connected Package Professional
  • Live Cockpit Professional with natural voice control, iDrive controller, touch operation on the Control Display and smartphone connectivity
  • Head-up display, Harman/Kardon & wireless smartphone charging
  • Seat heating, front
  • Third row seats

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.