• The BMW Cebu unveils the X5

      It’s often said but it remains understated: patience is a virtue. And those who had been waiting for BMW’s latest — the X5 — will soon discover that it’s worth the wait as the boss returns with the latest driving technology, increased performance, and more space.

      The stunning sports activity vehicle was unveiled to Cebu media and other luminaries at the Autowelt BMW Cebu along Cebu Veterans Drive in Nivel Hills last week. Rolling out the red carpet for the stunning vehicle and the guests was none other than Michael Goho, the Dealer Principal and Executive Vice President of Autowelt BMW Cebu.

      And from the second the curtains were raised, the audience’s oohs and ahhs said it all — the boss is back! And it sure did not disappoint as it features visually appealing off-road attributes and confident performance on rough ground combined with the premium characteristics and signature dynamics of a BMW.

      Autowelt Inc., the official dealer of BMW in Cebu, continues the success story of the BMW X5 20 years after the German brand introduced the Sports Activity Vehicle class, as it makes the fourth iteration of the BMW X5 available to the market.

      The all-new model comes in a sole variant – the BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine — and it retains the hallmark proportions of an SAV, but its pared-back design language – clean surfacing and precise lines accentuating the car’s robustness, poise, and authority – is fresh and innovative.

      Unique design features mark out the xLine variant of the all-new BMW X5. At the front end, the vehicle boasts of an enlarged one-piece BMW kidney grille, in Aluminiumsatinated, that is accompanied by the distinctive dual LED headlights.

      The xLine model also utilizesexterior cues that includes an underguard, roof rails and side window surrounds in Aluminiumsatinated, plus other accents in Pearl-effect Chrome, to accentuate the off-road character of the all-new BMW X5.

      The precise character line in the car’s flanks, which rises up at the rear door, is key to the modern appearance of the all-new BMW X5. It also defines the car’s strikingly powerful shoulders and feeds into the rear lights (likewise LED units), which extend well into the flanks. The three-dimensional design of their glass covers lends the rear lights a sculpted, technical edge.

      The all-new BMW X5 comes with 20-inch light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design, as standard.

      Inside the all-new BMW X5, the clear structure of the instrument panel and center console radiates a feeling of space. The raised seating position, a new design for the instrument cluster and Control Display, and the cutting-edge display and control concept optimize the driver’s ability to maintain control over the vehicle.

      The front and rear passengers all enjoy ample accommodation amid an exclusive ambience. The carefully selected materials in the interior include the new Vernasca variant for the standard leather upholstery. Other new features designed to maximize well-being on board the all-new BMW X5 include comfort seats, cooled/heated cup holders, Ambient Light, and the Harman Kardon Sound System.

      The new BMW Operating System 7.0 display and control concept that is also in this latest generation of the BMW X5, focuses on optimizing attention control. With its clear presentation and structuring, plus customizable and personalized displays, it sets out to provide drivers with the right information at the right time. In its standard application underpinning the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, it comprises an instrument cluster and a Control Display (both 12.3-inch). These present their information fully digitally and in a consistent design. Multimodal interaction allows the driver to use the steering wheel buttons, iDrive Controller, the touchscreen display, voice control or BMW gesture control, as they prefer.

      In the rear, folding down the 40 : 20 : 40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 650 litres to a maximum 1,860 litres. The all-new BMW X5 also has a two-section tailgate for ease of loading. Comfort Access is specified in which both sections can be opened and closed automatically and hands-free.

      The all-new BMW X5 is being launched with one diesel representative from the latest generation of engines. A six-cylinder in-line unit can also be found under the bonnet of the BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine. The engine with the award-winning BMW TwinPower Turbo technology channels its power through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is on hand to ensure that power is translated into secure progress – on or off road.

      The all-new BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine is available at Php 5,990,000.00. The vehicle will come with a comprehensive 5-year warranty, a feature that will not be found anywhere else in the premium automotive segment. (Jonas Panerio)
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