The BMW X5 is a mid-size crossover
SUV sold by BMW since 1999, making it BMW's first SUV. It features
all-wheel drive and is available with a range of gasoline inline-6s,
V8s and a diesel powertrain is also available.
All X5s worldwide are manufactured
in Spartanburg, South Carolina. BMW described it as a Sport Activity
Vehicle (SAV)) rather than an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), to
emphasize its on-road ability despite its size. Like the Lexus RX
300 and Mercedes M-Class, the X5 heralded the shift from truck-based
body-on-frame SUVs to sedan-based crossovers that would come to
fruition in the late 2000s.
Four years later, the BMW X3 was released, which used the "X" prefix
applied to the BMW SAVs which were derivatives of the BMW