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So far I like it, nice interior, more open. A bit funky but updated exterior.

But -- the drive will be the ultimate factor. The new 5 series steering wasn't good when I drove it and I drop the new X5 doesn't inherit that.

Also the new Acura MDX hits the showrooms in July. So the fun is about to begin in SUV/SAV land.
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Will my E70 BMW bike rack, 19" rims(snow tires on) and BMW ski roof rack all fit this new one?
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I doubt I'd ever buy a brown car, but in real life there are some shades that do look pretty nice. Maybe this is the "launch" color, but they should have considered that it doesn't usually look good in photos. At least it's not a nasty gold/champagne/etc. color, like the used on the E93 launch photos. That color should be restricted to Buicks and other old-people cars!
That brown somewhat similar to brown in E70... And it looks horrible in person
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Have there been any photos of just the dash lit up?
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Ask and you will receive... There are 9 combos you can configure on colors of interior lighting. See below.

The light package with its various LED light sources enhances comfort for indoor and outdoor space.

Ambient lighting including an impressive "Welcome" staging and nine predefined lighting design meets the entire interior with a soothing relaxing blend of direct and indirect lighting, emphasizing the lounge-like atmosphere. The lighting includes three colored LEDs (white, orange and blue). The corresponding light sources are among others in the filing of the front center console, compartments in all doors and coverings as well as the exit door area. More LED lights are located in the make-up mirrors in the front and rear footwells and headlining in the backrests of the front seats and in the decorative strip.

Its features also include LED courtesy lighting in the door handles and exterior lights in the door mirror housings and the rear hatch.
Are subject to change in light of the scope of equipment package with ambient lighting designs.
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Thanks!

Blue LED lighting is a welcome change to the usual BMW red.
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The lighting package is interesting, as are the exclusive colors and interiors. I hope that BMW offers all of the options in the US this time, rather than a subset as with the E70. There is no good reason for a buyer to have to know to ask their dealer about special ordering any options!
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Initial Thoughts

I am not a big fan of the F15's "look" now that I see it unmasked. It looks barely "kinda OK" - IMO.

If I try to place what I am looking it - it looks like the mid-point of morph between an E70 and an X1. I like it that it looks like an E70 because I like the look of the E70. However, where it has changed has been towards the X1 and X3,neither of which loom as good as the E70. I particularly do not like the pointy rear-most side window in the X1, and I especially don't like it on the F15.

I admit that most BMWs grow on me over time, but I really doubt that it is going to ever be a very well loved model, style-wise.

A couple vehicles that I think look very nice are: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cayenne, Q5 and Touareg. I think all of these vehicles are nicer looking than the new X5. The best looking of the bunch (IMO) is the Cayenne. The current Cayenne is an evolution (like the X5 has evolved from E53 to E70 to F15). However, the current Cayenne is (IMO) the best looking Cayenne yet, but I think both the E53 and the E70 are nicer looking than the F15.

This happens sometimes with BMW - take the 5 series. The E28, then the E34 and then the E39 was a nice progression in style and beauty. Then, the E60 was hard to like by many, although it grew on me a little bit, it remains (IMO) a bit of an ugly duckling as far as 5 series go. Now the latest 5 series F10 is a much needed return to beauty and sems to be very well received.

Maybe the F15 will be a little this way (an awkward interlude), although I don't think it is as odd looking as the E60 5 series was.

Knowing BMW, I would predict that the mechanicals will all have improved - I like it that the diesel is finally getting the 8 speed. And, it nice that the 4.4 V8 is getting a nice power boost too! I am sure the X5M will see some power improvements and an 8 speed as well.

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Nice. Blue looks great.
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