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BMW X5 Boss SUV Targets Mercedes

The luxury SUV market couldn't be more competitive, and BMW is setting it's sights on Mercedes-Benz. After it's biggest SUV was outsold by Mercedes last year, BMW is determined to regain it's luxury crown with a new version of it's X5.

Called "The Boss", this X5 SUV is full of advanced technology and BMW is hoping it puts them right back on top.

This version of the BMW X5 was introduced at this week's Frankfurt International Motor Show and is expected to arrive in dealerships in November.

Strong growth in the U.S. and China in the SUV market is causing the segment to be exceptionally important to luxury carmakers. That market is expected to grow 41 percent from 2012 to 2018, hitting 18.6 million vehicles. As Mercedes and Audi have both gone on record claiming that they will become the No. 1 luxury car brand by they year 2020, BMW is taking things up a notch.

The new $52,800 SUV has night vision to avoid hitting animals or people on dark country roads. It can drive itself in traffic jams and is lighter than it's competition, giving it better fuel economy. A self-parking option is available, and outside of the U.S. an automated driving feature that helps the vehicle stay in it's lane, tracking the speed of the vehicle ahead and coming to a complete stop if required.

The X5 was first introduced in 1999, BMW's first entry in the SUV segment. This model's weight has been trimmed by 90 kilograms, through the use of magnesium and aluminim in certain components. This helps nudge fuel consumption into the 7.4 litres per 100 km range (31 mpg). A plug-in hybrid version is expected in 2015.

Fighting back, Mercedes is boosting it's efforts in the compact luxury SUV segment with the launch of the new GLA compact, designed to challenge BMW's X1. The company is rolling out 13 new models during the next eight years.

Audi is increasing the pressure on BMW too. It's full size Q7 SUV which is currently outsold 2:1 by the X5 is being overhauled next year. Audi is planning to double it's range of SUVs to 6 models by 2020.

BMW plans to maintain it's lead in the luxury market by expanding it's own line-up with new models like the 4-Series, the X4 SUV and it's new electrics, the i3 and the i8 plug-in sports car.

In 2013, BMW has sold 1.05 million vehicles around the world, which is 21,000 more than Audi, and 132,000 more than Mercedes.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

 

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