The 2009 BMW X5 lineup gains a new diesel model, as well as new trim-level designations. This premium midsize SUV seats up to seven and is offered in three models, each with standard all-wheel drive. The xDrive30i replaces the 3.0si and has a 260-hp 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. The xDrive48i replaces the 4.8i and has a 350-hp 4.8-liter V8. Due in calendar 2009 is the xDrive35d, which has a 265-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel that is emissions legal in all 50 states. All X5s come with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 6000 lb. Standard seating is for five, but an optional 3rd row expands capacity to seven.
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Hill descent control is standard. All X5s have BMW's iDrive that uses a single knob to control entertainment, communication, navigation, and climate functions. An optional Sport Package includes BMW's Active Roll Stabilization, which counters body lean. Active Steering, designed to quicken low-speed steering response is available when the Sport Package is ordered. Also optional are a navigation system, head-up instrument display, DVD entertainment, rearview camera with front/rear obstacle detection, heated front and rear seats, and BMW Assist concierge service with wireless cell phone link.