BMW X5 4x4
All is forgiven at the
Victorian 4WD Show,
the Land Rover Owners Club welcoming
BMW X5 4x4s - BMW sold Land Rover to Ford last year.
The four wheel drive BMW has been on sale in Australia since last year but expect a big presence at the Melbourne Motor Show next month.
2001 January: BMW Australia launched a big advertising campaign for the (locally) new X5 4x4 (causing M.B. to run ad's for its competing M-class.) At Detroit, BMW also showed a 4.6L 255kw 480Nm X5 HP, v. the standard 4.4L 210kW 440N, and the X-coupe concept sports car.
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2000: The BMW X5 four wheel drive, with a light duty four wheel drive system and all independent suspension. This one has the 4.4 litre petrol V8.
The X5 has a full time four wheel drive system,
the torque-split being 40:60 front:rear.
Once upon a time the lack of just one of
a manual gearbox or a low-ratio transfer case
was a severe handicap for a 4x4;
the X5 has an automatic gearbox and a single speed transfer case.
It is clearly aimed at use on the highway, gravel and snow covered roads,
but automatics are good for going up-hill, and
the Land Rover derived `hill descent control' (HDC) covers up
most of the transmission's limitations on steep descents.
The X5 was developed during BMW's ownership
of Land Rover and it was seen as a complement or
was it a rival to the
BMW sold Land Rover to Ford in 2000-
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