Starting with the X5, the BMW crossover series expanded and in 2003 they began to produce a compact crossover X3, and then in 2008 began production of a luxury mid-range crossover X6, which shares its platform with X5.
First generation (E53; 1999–2006)
first generation X5 with E53 body at the BMW US plants in Greer, South Carolina and Toluca, Mexico.
In 2003, the car was restyled. The changes affected the headlights, radiator grilles, taillights, new body colors, upgraded engines and began to use the new xDrive all-wheel drive system. Now the car can send any percentage of engine power to the front or rear axle instead of original schemes 62%-38%.