The 2019 BMW X5 sports a new look, more power, and a new price: $61,695, including a mandatory $995 destination charge.
That's a hefty bump from the 2018 model, which started from $60,495 with all-wheel drive, the automaker said Tuesday. That $1,200 cost increase for the base X5 xDrive40i is justified in part by a healthy 35-horsepower bump from its standard 3.0-liter inline-6, which now boasts 335 hp. If you're mathing, that works out to around $34 per horsepower.
For now, there's no rear-wheel-drive version of the 2019 X5. The 2018 version was available in an sDrive35i variant that was priced at $58,195.
If 335 hp isn't enough, the X5 xDrive50i subs in a turbocharged V-8 rated at 456 hp for $76,745.
Helping justify the new price hike are standard goodies such as LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, and a pair of 12.3-inch displays that handle infotainment and instrument cluster duties. Additionally, forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking is newly standard.
BMW hasn't detailed pricing for optional features on the 2019 X5 lineup, but the automaker has mentioned two option packages—the Dynamic Handling Package and the Off-Road Package—will be available for an extra cost. They both include an electronically controlled rear differential lock to improve handling on pavement and traction when the road ends.