The new BMW X5: Hold on to your 20-way power seats

BMW unveils the 2008 X5.

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When we got the 2006 BMW X5 in for review eariler this year, we panned it for its pathetic tech offering: the baseline model (which came with a price tag north of $50K) didn't even come with a CD player, insulting our tech sensibilites instead with--brace yourselves--a cassette deck. Well, from famine, we go to feast. Today at the 2007 LA Auto Show, BMW unveiled its next-generation, 2008 model-year X5. We're pleased to announce that the cassette player is gone, and in its place is a veritable host of interior tech features, including a simplified iDrive, a rear-seat entertainment system that pops up from the central rear console, and a snazzy new manumatic shifter.

The 2008 BMW X5 also features an available third row of seats and two choices of engine in the form of a 3-liter in-line six-cylinder plant making 260 horsepower, and a 4.8-liter V-8, good for 350 horsepower.

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Most impressive, however, were the new X5's power seats that can be adjusted in no fewer than 20 different ways. Based on our previous, unofficial research, we think this must be something of a record.

 

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