BMW X5 long wheelbase leaked; dimensions, engine specs and more

Posted on Dec 26, 2021 09:00:00 am

Most of the extra length of the BMW X5 LWB has been allocated to the wheelbase, which now makes it identical to the larger X7.

Bmw is preparing a long battle version of the X5, called the X5 xDrive40 Li, which will initially be sold only in China. The Chinese passenger car market often sees various global vehicles that are tailored to a unique long wheelbase appearance to suit local tastes. Rear legroom is a priority for Chinese car buyers, which has ensured that China sees exclusive stretched versions of models like the Range rover evoque and even the BMW X1.

  • The BMW X5 LWB will initially be sold only on the Chinese market
  • It is 138mm longer than the standard X5; gets 130mm longer wheelbase
  • It will be powered by a 365 hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder gasoline engine.

BMW X5 xDrive40 Li: what is different?

A presentation at China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has revealed some key details of the stretched X5. Typical of BMW, the ‘Li’ in the name suggests that it is the long wheelbase variant. And that brings us to the most obvious upgrade to the X5 xDrive 40 Li, which is the increase in the length of the SUV, most of which has gone to the wheelbase.

It measures 5,060mm in length, making it 138mm longer than the regular X5. Meanwhile, the wheelbase measures 3.105mm, which is 130mm longer than the regular X5’s 2.975mm wheelbase. Regarding the width, both versions measure identical 2,004 mm. At 1,779mm tall, the X5 LWB is also 34mm taller than the regular model.

To give you more perspective, BMW’s current largest SUV, the X7It is 5,151 mm long with a 3,105 mm wheelbase, 2,000 mm wide and 1,805 mm high. Therefore, the X5 and X7 with long wheelbase have an identical wheelbase, although the former is 91 mm shorter than the latter.

BMW X5 xDrive40 Li: exterior design

The Chinese government presentation also showed a preview of some images of the X5 xDrive40 Li in its M Sport skin. In terms of design, the stretched X5 doesn’t have any noticeable difference over the regular model, aside from the longer rear doors.

Documentation also revealed that the SUV will be available with a choice of 21-inch wheels measuring 275/40 at the front and 315/35 at the rear, while the 22-inch wheels will come wrapped in 275/35 at the rear. front and 315./30 at the rear. The SUV can also be specified in chrome or high-gloss black exterior trim packages for the window frames and roof rails.

BMW X5 xDrive40 Li: powertrain details

Under the hood, the X5 xDrive40 Li will be powered by a 365 PS 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, which is 25 PS more than the standard X5 wheelbase available worldwide. The increased power must have come to compensate for the added weight that comes with the longer body and larger glass house. The same engine is also offered in the X7 in India.

Long wheelbase BMW models in India

Although the BMW X5 xDrive40 Li is currently only for China, it is worth noting that the German automaker has also recognized the long wheelbase luxury car market in India. Earlier this year, BMW launched the Large Series 3 Limousine in India as an LWB version of the Series 3 standard. In fact, India is the only market where BMW sells a right-hand drive long-wheelbase version of the 3-Series. The 3-Series is a relatively high-volume product compared to the X5 here, however, and it is highly unlikely that the X5 LWB will reach our shores.

Do you think BMW should consider bringing the X5 LWB to India too? Let us know in the comments below.

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