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3rd generation of BMW X5 born today

1.3 million of X5s have been produced at plant Greer

Published on Thursday, August 1, 2013

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The newX5 front-end features twin circular headlight units extending into the kidney grill.

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The newX5 front-end features twin circular headlight units extending into the kidney grill.



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The first, new BMW X5 is a Mineral White M50d (six-cylinder inline diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology). It features Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe.

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The first, new BMW X5 is a Mineral White M50d (six-cylinder inline diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology). It features Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe.



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This $13.4 million, 414,000-square foot warehouse (background) will be used by BMW to package knocked down vehicles and ship them on containers by rail from the Inland Port to Charleston for export.

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This $13.4 million, 414,000-square foot warehouse (background) will be used by BMW to package knocked down vehicles and ship them on containers by rail from the Inland Port to Charleston for export.

Production of the third-generation BMW X5 officially began today.

The first, new BMW X5 is a Mineral White M50d (six-cylinder inline diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology). It features Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe.

The base price has been announced at $53,725.

BMW Manufacturing President, Josef Kerscher, said in a statement, the production of the X5, since 1999, has been a significant contributor in the Greer plant’s global success. “Our team will continue to build the next-generation X5 with the superior quality that our customers around the world have come to expect from South Carolina.”

A $13.4 million, 414,000-square foot warehouse is being built at the Inland Port that will be used by BMW to package slightly knocked down vehicles and ship them on containers by rail from  to Charleston for export.

The third-generation BMW X5, creator of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment and global market leader in its class, sets new standards in design, spaciousness, cutting-edge versatility and driving pleasure, the company said.

The new BMW X5 offers noticeable advances over its predecessor:

• Three engine variants at launch: xDrive50i with a new generation of the V8 petrol engine (330 kW/450 hp), xDrive30d with revised six-cylinder in-line diesel unit (190 kW/258 hp) and theM50d M Performance Automobile with tri-turbo six-cylinder in-line diesel (280 kW/381 hp). In December, the xDrive40d, xDrive35i, xDrive25d and sDrive25d (with CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km) will be added to the range.

• The front-end features twin circular headlight units extending into the kidney grill. Its aerodynamic properties include Air Curtains, Air Breathers and Aero Blades for the rear window.

• The new vehicle is engineered with a commitment to reducing fuel consumption and emissions through weight minimization, optimized air guidance, engine technology and the standard-fitted – and efficient – eight-speed automatic gearbox with additional BMW EfficientDynamics technology.

• It’s the first SAV fitted with run-flat tires as standard equipment.

The final second-generation X5 was produced June 28. The Titanium Silver Metallic 4.4-liter, 400-hp V8 engine BMW X5 xDrive50i with Sand Beige Perforated Nevada Leather and M Sport Package will become part of the permanent BMW historic car collection.

Between September 2006 and June 2013, the Greer facility has produced 728,107 second-generation X5 models, making it the best-selling model series in the history of the plant. Since 1999, more than 1.3 million X5’s have been produced.

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