The BMW X5 was BMW’s first SUV and was introduced in 1999. The X5 is offered in many trim levels including the xDrive30i, the xDrive35d, the xDrive48i, and the X5 M. It comes in a variety of engines including a 260 HP in-line six cylinder, a 4.8L V8 that develops 350 HP and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 3.0L V6 twin-turbo diesel engine that produces 265 HP and more than 400lb.-ft. of torque. All engines are mated to a six speed automatic transmission.
In conjunction with the next-generation X5, BMW is also working on the M version of the SUV. The model has been caught testing for the first time doing some quick and loud laps around the Nürburgring race track.
Although the SUV is still fully camouflaged, there are some distinctive M elements that confirm this is the future X5 M. These special elements include the quad M exhausts, the active differential, and blue brake calipers, which have become the signature color for M model brakes. Behind the M brakes, there are drilled rotors which are being used for the first on any X5 model.
At the front of the car, there are huge air intakes and a path that connects the headlights to the kidney grilles, a feature found on the F30 3 Series.
Under the hood, there will be the same engine that can also be found in the M5: a twin-turbo V-8 delivering some 560 horsepower.
Expect to see the new BMW X5 M sometime in 2014.
UPDATE 06/03/2013: Now that we have gotten a look at the new BMW X5, it is pretty easy to imagine how the new M version will look. Today we have created a rendering of what we think the upcoming X5 M will look like.
Click past the jump to read more about the next BMW X5 M.
Along with the new third-generation X5, BMW also offered the first details on the new X5 M50d - a model first added to the lineup back in 2012.
As no surprise, this diesel X5 will be offered with the same upgrades as the standard version, including a new front and rear fascia, a new set of headlights and an updated interior.
The new X5 M50d is powered by a tri-turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line-six diesel engine delivering a total of 376 horsepower between 4,000 and 4,400rpm and 546 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 3,000 rpm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic and sends its power to all four wheels. The X5 M50d will sprint to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph. BMW is reporting a combined fuel consumption of 35.1 mpg U.S.
The bad news is that the new BMW X5 M50d won’t be offered on the U.S. market, hence it being a 2013 model year instead of a 2014.
To go along with the new 2014 BMW X5 announced earlier today, the company also dropped the first details on the M Sport package, which adds a series of performance-oriented features.
For the exterior, the new M Sport package will add the usual M-style aerodynamic kit that includes a new front apron with larger air inlets, side sills with an additional light strip and a rear apron with a diffuser specially designed to optimize downforce on the rear axle at high speeds. There is also a Shadowline trim and high-gloss roof rails. As standard, customers will get a new set of 19-inch M-Double Spoke light alloy wheels, but customers can opt for a set of 20-inch M-Double Spoke wheels with mixed-size performance run-flat tires.
For the interior, the M Sport package will add an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with shift paddles; a new M Sport steering wheel; an anthracite headliner; M foot rest and door sills; aluminum hexagonal trim; and sports seats offered as standard. As an alternative, customers can opt for multi-contour seats.
As a final update, the new M Sport package will also add a sport exhaust system and a new adaptive M suspension with Dynamic Damping Control and air suspension.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW X5.
BMW is preparing to recreate its entire X family and the new-generation X5 is only part of the job. The BMW X5 was first launched in 1999, and 13 years later, it’s getting ready to enter its third generation to help keep up with the changing times. As no surprise the third generation X5 features an evolutionary design language, closely related to the model it replaces, but with some elements borrowed from the recently announced X3 and X1 models.
These updates will include a more prominent grille, an aerodynamic front bumper and optional LED adaptive headlights. The new X5 was also slightly increased in dimensions so it offers more interior room and a more accommodating boot. For the interior BMW also focused on improving the comfort level and added higher quality materials.
The new X5 will be put on sale on the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of this year. At launch it will be offered with three gasoline engines with a diesel one to follow in early 2014.
Updated 5/30/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
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Here is the U.S., we sometimes take for granted the safety on our roads. Well, the above video may just remind you…
When this video begins it appears to be an ordinary day for the driver, with everyone driving quietly through a tunnel. But, what starts nice ends up as a big mess really quickly, as a driver of a DS4 decides to test the limits of his compact hatchback.
The cars involved in this incident are a BMW X5 M and a Citroen DS4, both driven at high speeds. And when both speeding cars zip past the poor guy taking the video and attempt to merge into the same lane, the destruction begins.
The problem is that not only those two irresponsible drivers were involved in the crash, but also a bunch of other cars which had no other fault that just being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Please remember this is not the way you are supposed to drive a car, so please do not try this at in your car!
The Land Down Under is fixing to get an infusion of M awesomeness after BMW’s Australian division launched a series of limited-run M Sport models as part of the company’s "Festival of M".
That’s really great, made even more so by the fact that the M Sport lineup will feature a number of models, each coming with their own unique modifications. The biggest of the bunch is the X5 M Sport Limited Edition and BMW Australia decked with a bevy of new components. The M Sport body kit is obviously fitted into the SUV, as was a chrome M Sport tailpipe finisher, bi-xenon headlights and a set of 20-inch M double spoke alloy wheels. Looking at the photo of the SUV, though, there doesn’t appear to much of a difference from the standard model.
Meanwhile, the interior is dressed up too, at least to a certain extent. There’s the M leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles and electric seats. Other components include a Navigation Professional package, an automatic tailgate, a rearview camera, voice control and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors. This one isn’t exactly our cup of tea, at least compared to what the other M Sport limited edition models.
The next two are the 5-Series and Z4, both of which will receive an M Sport package that includes an M Sport suspension, a new aero kit, a leather steering wheel, a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys, blue leather-piped velour floor mats, chrome-plated "Limited Edition" door sill finishers, an anthracite headliner for the coupe, and blue-stitched upholstery. Now this is more like it. The mixture of aesthetic and aero upgrades is definitely right in our wheelhouse. If you can get aftermarket performance upgrades on that Z4, then you really have something there.
Finally, the 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible have received M Sport Plus packages, comprising of an aluminum glacier silver interior trim with glossy-black kidney grilles. The 3er, in particular, also has new sport seats, black exterior mirror caps, and stainless steel foot pedals.
If given a choice, we’re definitely rolling with the Z4 M Limited Edition. Its program is comprehensive enough without being too tacky.
Check out the price list of all M Limited Edition models after the jump.
While most of us focus on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and on all the details there is to know about it, the first official images of the third-generation BMW X5 have quietly leaked online. However, this doesn’t mean you are going to see the new X5 in Detroit, as BMW has set the official debut for later this year — most likely for Geneva Motor Show.
As no surprise, the next X5 is a combination of design elements we have seen in previous launched BMW models: the front fascia from the 3-Series, the air vents on the front bumper from the 4-Series and the taillights from the X3. The interior — although not revealed in here — it is also rumored to offer higher-quality materials, improved technology and, for the first time, a third-row seating option.
The engine lineup is still a secret, but rumors suggest the next X5 will be offered with a choice of two new four-cylinder engines, while the M version will keep the 4.4-liter V-8 turbo engine with an output of 547 horsepower.
The third generation BMW X5 has been caught testing in many times, but the prototype caught testing today is wearing less camouflage then ever. The problem is that the cammo has been dropped in such a manner that is doesn’t actually show any important detail.
For the next X5, BMW will focus on reducing the SUV’s total weight by at least 330 lbs and reducing fuel economy. For this BMW will be using all the technologies developed in the past few years, but also, as a first for the X5, they will be offering two new four-cylinder engines. top version will still be offered with the usual 4.4 liter V8 engine with improved figures and reduced fuel consumption. BMW will also be offering a M version powered by a twin-turbo V8 delivering some 560 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid version has also been rumored.
Rumors say the third generation BMW X5 will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
Diesel models are quite a hit in Europe, but in the U.S. market, they have only just begun to gain momentum because people are still learning about them. Despite the relative novelty, it looks like BMW is preparing a diesel invasion in the U.S. market with no less than six new diesel models set to debut by 2014.
Back in June 2012, it was reported that BMW was planning to offer a diesel 7-Series to its U.S. customers, but apparently this won’t be the only model. Next to it, we will also get a 3-Series sedan in the first half of 2013 and a station wagon in the second half. A 5-Series diesel will arrive in the third quarter of 2013 and the X5d at the end of 2013. The 7-Series will be the first diesel to arrive in the first half of 2014 and it will be followed by a X3d.
In terms of powerplants, the 3-Series will likely use the new 130-horsepower, 3-cylinder diesel engine, while the rest of BMW’s diesel lineup will get a six-cylinder diesel engine.
If you own a car like the BMW X5M, you generally don’t ask for any upgrades other than the ones offered by BMW. Imagine our surprise when we discovered an "unhappy" client had gone to Velos Designwerks and asked them to provide any updates possible for the luxury SUV. The tuner responded with a number of exterior and engine updates to create the ultimate SUV.
The upgrading session began with the addition of the Stage 2+ Velos Designwerks performance tune for the standard 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine’s fuel maps, throttle maps, ignition maps, and limiters. This upgrade took the standard 555 HP and 501 lb ft of torque and powered it up to 645 HP at 6800 rpm and 631 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. The tuner then added a new exhaust system with Akra Downpipes. Stage 2 options are also available for vehicles fitted with full exhaust and downpipes for off-road use. The best part about this engine upgrade is that it will only set customers back $1,500.00. A carbon fiber vented race hood can also be added for $2,655.00.
In addition to the engine updates, Velos also added a new front spoiler ($1,800.00) and a rear diffuser ($1,875.00) made of carbon fiber, as well as a new set of ADV1 wheels combined with a KW suspension kit and a Brembo brake kit. For the interior, the tuner added a new BMW Performance steering wheel and a Hardwire Valentine One radar detector.