2014 BMW X5 makes its debut

The 2014 BMW X5, the third generation of SUV in its line, has been priced at $53,275. The new SUV brings an automatic start-stop system, speed-sensitive power steering, and a sophisticated navigation system.

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    The base model of the new BMW X5, a luxury SUV, will be rear-wheel drive only for the first time in the X5's history. Drivers looking for all-wheel drive can get it if they pitch in a few more thousand dollars.
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BMW recently unveiled the third-generation of its "sports activity vehicle," the X5. With a new look, updated technology, and new drivetrain options, the only question left was price. Today BMW priced the new 2014 X5 from $53,725 including a $925 destination charge.

For the first time in the X5's history, the base model will be rear-wheel drive only. Opting for BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive will take the price tag to $56,025. Both of these models are powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower.

For those seeking a combination of fuel efficiency and torque, there's the xDrive35d model priced from $57,525, powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.

Until the new X5 M is unleashed, the top-of-the-line X5 is the xDrive50i with 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Priced from $69,125, it's not cheap, but considering the current X5 M hovers around $90,000 without options, it's far from the most expensive X5 model.

All 2014 BMW X5s feature BMW's automatic start-stop system, 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat, and Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering. On the infotainment and telematics front, the new X5 comes with iDrive 4.2 with navigation and a touchpad, 10 years of BMW Assist eCall service, 10 years of BMW TeleService, and BMW Apps.

The rear-wheel drive sDrive35i, all-wheel drive xDrive35i, and xDrive50i will be in U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2013. The diesel-powered xDrive35d will join the gasoline-powered models in showrooms a few months later.

For more information, be sure to read our full preview here. Also be sure to check our full review here, once we've slid behind the wheel of the 2014 BMW X5.

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