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The "'BMW E53"' X5 crossover vehicle was manufactured between 1999 and 2006
Like the Lexus RX 300, the X5 heralded the shift from light truck-based body-on-frame SUVs to crossovers underpinned by unibody car platforms that would come to fruition in the late 2000s
Starting with the X5, & BMW's Sport Activity Vehicle series has since expanded to be derivatives of other BMW number-series models, first in 2003 with the BMW X3 compact luxury crossover, and in 2008 with the BMW X6 midsize coupe luxury crossover which shares its platform with the X5
In 2006 the second generation X5 was launched, known internally as the E70, featuring the torque-split capable xDrive all-wheel drive system mated to an automatic transmission, and in 2009 the X5 M performance variant was released as a 2010 model
BMW X5 (E53)
- It is rumoured that & BMW held back deploying the engine in the 2006 X5 so as not to waste development costs in retooling the assembly line, and to make way for a more dramatic unveiling of the all new 2007 BMW X5