BMW has high hopes for the new generation of its X5 off-roader
German car giant BMW has high hopes for the new generation of its X5 off-roader.
The luxury 4×4, which BMW dubs a sports activity vehicle, broke cover this week. It goes on sale here in November.
BMW, which sponsored the PGA championship at Wentworth last month, hopes this one will drive as well as the professional golfers who graced the course.
A BMW spokesman said: ‘The new X5 range delivers major advances in design, luxury and comfort.’
There will be five TwinPower turbo engines – four diesel and one petrol – a standard eightspeed automatic transmission and the option of two or four-wheel drive. In Britain, it will be offered in SE or M Sport specifications.
German car giant BMW has high hopes for the new generation of its X5 off-roader
Prices start at £42,500 for the new four-cylinder two-wheeldrive X5 sDrive 25d SE diesel which promises 50mpg. A fourwheel-drive version is also available with the engine.
By contrast, the top-of-therange, 4.4 litre X5 xDrive 50i 449 bhp version costs £63,920, but accelerates from rest to 62mph in five seconds with a top speed restricted electronically to 155mph. But expect it to return only around 27mpg.
All of this comes as bad timing for BMW’s rival Jeep, as it prepared to launch its new £40,000 Grand Cherokee model in Sicily. Older models of the popular offroad 4×4 favoured by thousands of British school-run families are said to be at risk of a fuel tank fire in the event of a rear-end collision. U.S. officials blamed the ‘defect’ for more than 40 deaths.
But parent company Chrysler, and its Italian owner Fiat have refused U.S. government demands to recall nearly three million of the 4x4s over the ‘deadly problems’. U.S. safety chiefs say the position of the tank poses an ‘unreasonable risk to safety’.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent Chrysler a letter asking the company to recall voluntarily all Jeep Grand Cherokees, the model also sold in Britain between 1993 and 2004.
It’s calculated 23,511 from this period are still on the road in Britain, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders.
NHTSA found at least 32 rearimpact crashes and fires in Grand Cherokees, which caused 44 deaths.
‘Why not let the green man flash as a warning for the crossing pedestrians only, but keep the lights on red until switching to full amber?’
It’s great that police are being given powers from next month to crack down on middle-lane hogs with a £100 fine and three penalty points. Surrey police and the Met will make a mint on the A3 alone which seems to be middle-lane hog heaven.
Let’s hope it doesn’t become the next revenue-raising cash cow and that only the worst offenders are targeted.
Next on the Government’s agenda should be a move to end the flashing amber at traffic lights. It’s a waste of time, I believe, and potentially lethal.
Most drivers just seem to treat the flashing amber as their signal to move – regardless of whether there’s anyone on the crossing or not. And I speak from experience as a pedestrian.
Why not let the green man flash as a warning for the crossing pedestrians only, but keep the lights on red until switching to full amber?
Aruna, 30, is launching the women’s driving shoe with pay-as-you-drive car club Zipcar
Rising star shoe designer Aruna Seth has launched women’s footwear specifically made for driving.
The elegant slipper-inspired design is made from the softest suede with a cashmere inner sock and has a sensible 10mm heel, following months of research to find the perfect heel height.
Just 2mm more affects pedal control, while 2 mm less gave testers cramp, her research has revealed.
The shoes, hand-made in Italy using traditional methods, are not cheap – a pair will cost you a princely £485.
Aruna, 30, is launching the shoe with pay-as-you-drive car club Zipcar, which she uses for her business to transport shoes to business events and meetings.
The former investment banker’s designs are stocked in top stores worldwide, including Harrods.
Among her high-profile clients are Pippa Middleton, who wore a pair of her shoes at the Royal Wedding in 2011.
‘So many women tell me they keep a spare pair of old shoes in the car to drive in, that it got me thinking. Why should we put the brakes on style when we get behind the wheel?’ says Aruna.