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Intelligent Energy Management.


Intelligent Energy Management.

BMW EfficientLightweight is a showcase example of how efficient driving and dynamic driving combine perfectly. Thanks to the use of especially lightweight and stiff materials − such as carbon in the passenger cell, aluminium in the chassis, high-strength steel in the body or ultra-modern magnesium alloys in the engine − fuel consumption is reduced while, at the same time, driving performance and dynamics are improved.


The Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO Mode.

Whether on long trips, in stop-and-go traffic or on normal urban journeys, the Driving Experience Control guarantees varied driving pleasure to match your personal preferences. Drivers can choose between the four different modes COMFORT, SPORT, ADAPTIVE in combination with the special equipment option of Adaptive suspension, and ECO PRO. The following will give more detailed information of the ECO PRO and its intelligent package of technologies that enables drivers to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent.

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Close-up of the BMW Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO mode in the BMW X5.

A driving mode to match every situation.

In the standard default setting of COMFORT mode, the tuning of the chassis components guarantees an especially comfortable driving experience. For maximum efficiency as well as comfort, this mode additionally offers the option of coasting.

In the modes of SPORT and – additionally for M models – SPORT+, all drive and suspension settings are geared towards a sporty driving style. The engine responds more spontaneously, the gears of the automatic transmission change at higher revs and the shift points on the manual gearbox are displayed later. Overall, the reaction of the vehicle is firmer and more direct.

The interactive mode ADAPTIVE adjusts the Dynamic Damper Control, the steering and the Steptronic transmission continuously and interactively with the real-time navigation to match the driving situation and driving style.

ECO PRO is the consumption-optimised driving mode of the Driving Experience Control. As a central constituent of BMW EfficientDynamics, ECO PRO includes an intelligent package of technologies that enables drivers to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent.

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Changed parameters of accelerator pedal and Steptronic transmission in the ECO PRO mode of BMW X5.

Consumption-optimised drive system.

In ECO PRO mode, the parameters of accelerator pedal and Steptronic transmission change. The flatter ECO accelerator pedal curve reduces the ratio of injection volume to accelerator pedal angle. At the same time, the adaptation of the shift points causes gears to shift up earlier and reduces downshifts. These functions encourage a sedate driving style with greater fuel economy. When required, however, drivers can still access the full performance and downshift characteristics by pressing down the accelerator pedal to its full extent.  

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Optimising efficiency of the comfort, light and climate functions in the ECO PRO mode of the BMW X5.

Optimising efficiency of the comfort, light and climate functions.

To keep consumption low, the ECO PRO mode regulates the climate and comfort functions for the interior in an intelligent way. This involves reducing energy consumers such as the air conditioning system or seat heating for the passengers almost imperceptibly. Together with the other ECO PRO measures, this produces fuel savings of up to 25 per cent.

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Coasting with Route-Ahead Assistant in the ECO PRO mode of the BMW X5.

Efficient coasting, intelligently controlled.

The Route-Ahead Assistant regulates the use of coasting phases to reduce fuel consumption on the basis of the road ahead and events that are not yet visible. To do this, the system evaluates data from the navigation system and recognition of vehicles ahead and gives advice to reduce speed in appropriate situations. When the driver then releases the accelerator pedal, the connection in the Steptronic transmission is disengaged and the vehicle coasts efficiently. As the only fuel consumed during coasting is from the engine idling speed, drivers can save up to five per cent of fuel with the aid of the Route-Ahead Assistant.


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All consumption-relevant data at a glance with the ECO PRO driving data analysis in the BMW X5.

All consumption-relevant data at a glance.

In addition to ECO PRO features such as the Route-Ahead Assistant or the altered characteristics of the drivetrain, drivers also receive support for a consumption-optimised driving style through displays and infographics. This support comes from relevant driving data such as average and current fuel consumption, consumption history, bonus range or the coasting distance covered in kilometres and is presented visually in the Control Display and in the instrument cluster. It gives drivers direct feedback and additionally motivates them to adopt an anticipatory and energy-saving driving style.  

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You press down on the brake. At the same time, energy is produced. Valuable kinetic energy that can be exploited. Brake Energy Regeneration transforms it into electrical energy and uses it to charge the battery instead of letting it dissipate to no effect. Less effort is also required from the engine to charge the battery, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and emissions.


Conventional systems for supporting the driver’s steering power work with hydraulics. They are in permanent operation – even if the driver is not moving the steering wheel at all. And this costs energy. In the case of Electric Power Steering, an electric motor replaces the hydraulics and only becomes active when the driver actually moves the steering wheel. On straight roads or with a constant steering angle in corners, the system does not intervene and uses no energy. Fuel consumption is reduced as a result, while the typical BMW dynamic driving experience is retained.


The consumption-optimised ECO PRO mode ensures that the accelerator pedal and transmission parameters together with the heating/climate control strategy are all intelligently adapted. ECO PRO tips help you to enhance your own driving behaviour and the Bonus range informs you of how many additional kilometres you have gained by driving with optimised consumption in the ECO PRO mode.


Different situations demand individual actions. Energy-saving technologies such as the Optimum Shift Indicator or the Automatic Stop/Start function help the driver to choose a better course of action and thus drive more efficiently.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  • All technical data are indicative only and varies as per market and configuration. For more information, please check with your local dealer for all fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.