For the first time in the X5's history, the base model will be rear-wheel drive only. Opting for BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive will take the price tag to $56,025. Both of these models are powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower.
For those seeking a combination of fuel efficiency and torque, there's the xDrive35d model priced from $57,525, powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.
Until the new X5 M is unleashed, the top-of-the-line X5 is the xDrive50i with 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Priced from $69,125, it's not cheap, but considering the current X5 M hovers around $90,000 without options, it's far from the most expensive X5 model.
All 2014 BMW X5s feature BMW's automatic start-stop system, 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat, and Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering. On the infotainment and telematics front, the new X5 comes with iDrive 4.2 with navigation and a touchpad, 10 years of BMW Assist eCall service, 10 years of BMW TeleService, and BMW Apps.
The rear-wheel drive sDrive35i, all-wheel drive xDrive35i, and xDrive50i will be in U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2013. The diesel-powered xDrive35d will join the gasoline-powered models in showrooms a few months later.