Back when we first received details on the new X5 M50d, they were all still in their preliminary phase, and now BMW has finally unveiled all of the official information on its resident diesel crossover.

As no surprise, this diesel X5 will be offered with the same upgrades as the standard X5, including a new front and rear fascia, a new set of headlights and an updated interior.

The new X5 M50d will also carry a three-stage turbocharged 3.0-liter powerplant that is set to send plenty of horsepower and amazing torque through an eight-speed automatic box and out to all four wheels. This accounts for a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of under 6 seconds and fuel economy that will blow the doors off of many gasoline-powered economy cars.

The bad news is that to date, there is no mention of the new BMW X5 M50d coming to the U.S. market, hence it being a 2013 model year instead of a 2014.

Update 8/30/2013: BMW has revealed all of the specifics on the new X5 M50d. You can read all of the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more the BMW X5 M50d.

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Up front, the X5 M50d features the all-new BMW face that includes a slightly forward-leaning kidney grille and to-the-grille headlights that give the X5 M50d a smoother look. Also up front are the M-specific touches, like the aggressive-looking front apron and large air intakes.

From the side view, the typical X5 shape that is highlighted by a hockey-stick bodyline that wraps around the air vent just aft of the front wheel. Also highlighting this crossover’s side shot is a rising shoulder line that meets up with the sleek wraparound taillights.

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Around back, M-specific styling returns with a set of large, gloss-black exhaust tips that are integrated into the rear M-style bumper. Exhaust exits that large are a great indicator of the beast that lies beneath the hood, but we’ll come to that later.


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BMW didn’t give us any information on the interior, but the press images are plenty telling. The sport seats feature either suede or Alcantara inserts surrounded by leather bolsters. The seam between the inserts and the bolsters even received some extra flare by way of the iconic M tricolor flag being embroidered near the top of the seam.

The dash is pretty typical and features a leather-wrapped, three-spoke sports steering wheel and there is an 8-inch LCD navi screen posted up in the middle of the dash.

Greeting you on the way into the X5 M50d are metal door sills with "M50d" logos.

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

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Under the hood of the X5 M50d sits an unexpectedly powerful 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. This beast makes use of state-of-the-art three-stage turbocharging, courtesy of BorgWarner. This setup uses three turbocharges — two small high-pressure units and one large, water-cooled turbo — that all spool up at different engine speeds. This leads to a constant influx of air into the combustion chamber, which results in a relentless pull and zero turbo lag.

This high-tech turbo system allows the six-pot diesel burner to lay down 381 horsepower and a stump-ripping 546 pound-feet of torque right off of idle. This isn’t your typical rap-tap diesel engine either, as it combines with BMW’s efficient eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive AWD, to launch the X5 M50d to 62 mph in only 5.3 seconds.

On top of its amazing performance, this diesel is also efficient and clean. Bimmer estimates it at average of 42.2 mpg on the EU cycle — a 10-percent jump over its predecessor — and it dumps just 177 grams of CO2 per km.

Keeping this peppy diesel stable in the twisties is an Adaptive M suspension with Dynamic Damper Control for fine tuning and air suspension on the rear axle. This high-tech suspension combines with lightweight 19-inch M wheels and electric power steering to whip the X5 through turns with ease.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.0-Liter I-6 Three-Stage Turbo
Engine Output (Horsepower @ RPM) 381 @ TBA
Engine Torque (Pound-Feet @ RPM) 546 @ TBA
Transmission Eight-Speed Automatic
Drive Style xDrive All-Wheel Drive
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 5.3 Sec
Top Speed 155 MPH, Est.
Fuel Economy (EU Cycle) (City/Highway/Combined) TBA/TBA/42.2


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BMW did not reveal the pricing for the X5 M50d just yet, but it did announce that it should hit dealers on November 16th, 2013. There is still no mention of this powerful diesel making it to the U.S.


Porsche Cayenne Diesel S

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The Cayenne Diesel S is pretty much the only true performance-diesel SUV on the market to compete with the X5 M50d. This puppy comes bearing a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 diesel engine that cranks out 382 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque. This diesel powerplant links up to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

The powertrain allows for a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in just 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 156 mph. Sure, it’s a little slower than the Bimmer, but it’s likely just as capable on the track.

Mercedes ML350 BlueTEC

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After visiting the Porsche dealership, the other options are pretty boring.

For example, Mercedes offers the ML350 Bluetec, which is powered by 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine with an output of 240 horsepower. Sure, it’s nowhere near as powerful as the X5 M50d, but still is a pretty good addition to the ML-Class lineup.

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI

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Audi also offers a diesel version for its Q7 SUV, but like the Benz, it is not as powerful as the X5 M50d. The Q7 gets a 3.0-liter TDi engine that delivers a total of 204 horsepower between 3,200 to 4,400 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque.


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Remember the days when diesel engines only saw use in heavy-duty trucks and crappy economy cars? Well, those days of clickity-clacking are over, as the BMW X5 M50d blows that old belief away. The BorgWarner tri-turbo power is ingenious, the look is sexy and the performance is unworldly for a diesel SUV. We bow to thee, all mighty BMW... At least until Audi finds a way to beat it.

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    • No mention of it coming to the U.S.
    • Diesel fuel is still an expensive alternative, but that may change

Press Release


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The new BMW X5 is due to arrive in the showrooms on 16 November 2013. The launch of this third generation of the most successful Sports Activity Vehicle in the world will also introduce the BMW M50d M Performance Automobile. Boasting the world’s most powerful six-in-line diesel engine, suspension technology with hallmark M precision-tuning and aerodynamically honed exterior features, the BMW X5 M50d combines superior dynamics on the road with unimpeachable traction off the beaten track. The other character facets of the new BMW X5, moreover, can be explicitly highlighted: model-specific options offered by BMW Individual provide exclusive elegant touches, while new products in the Original BMW Accessories range – likewise specifically designed for the Sports Activity Vehicle – serve to underline its versatility and practicality.

BMW X5 M50d: enthralling dynamics thanks to trademark M precision.

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A compelling combination of sportiness, exclusivity and everyday utility distinguishes the new BMW X5 M50d. Its six-cylinder in-line diesel engine boasts detailed refinements and comes with three-stage turbocharging and common rail direct injection. From a 3.0-litre displacement it develops output of 280 kW /381 hp and a peak torque of 740 Newton metres (546 lb-ft). BMW BluePerformance technology as standard means the M Performance Automobile is also EU6-compliant. The diesel unit’s power is transferred to the road by an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.

The new BMW X5 M50d comes as standard with Adaptive M suspension including Dynamic Damper Control and air suspension at the rear axle, as well as Electric Power Steering. The optional Dynamic adaptive suspension package comprises Dynamic Performance Control and Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation, while the exterior features standard 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design fitted with mixed tyres. Noticeably enhanced agility and a quicker time of 5.3 seconds for the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint go hand in hand with fuel economy improved by more than ten per cent compared with the predecessor model. Average fuel consumption for the new BMW X5 M50d is 6.7 litres per 100 kilometres (42.2 mpg) in the EU test cycle, with CO2 emissions of 177 g/km.

Special touches add exclusivity and style: the BMW Individual range for the new BMW X5.

The BMW Individual range specifically created for the new BMW X5 turns an even brighter spotlight on its elegant design, luxurious ambience and exclusive character. Factory-fitted exterior and interior equipment options play their part in imbuing the Sports Activity Vehicle with a highly distinctive charisma. The manufacturing processes behind the BMW Individual products developed for the new BMW X5 are underpinned by precision craftsmanship and longstanding experience in working with choice materials. The design and finish of these products reflect a striving for perfection and style that embraces every detail.

BMW Individual paintwork guarantees an impression of exclusivity at first glance. The application of up to seven layers of paint and the addition of special colour pigments make for intriguing iridescent effects, exceptional brilliance and unmatched depth. The BMW Individual finishes available for the new BMW X5 comprise the luxurious shades Ruby Black metallic and Pyrite Brown metallic. The intense lustre of these paintwork options derives from reflections triggered by red or gold pigments beneath the surface. Likewise adding an elegantly sporty touch to the exterior are the 20-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design, fitted with mixed tyres.

The judicious selection of materials and careful processing help create the unique quality of the fine-grain full Merino leather trim from BMW Individual. To this end, carefully selected, entirely unblemished leather undergoes an elaborate tanning process before being precision-tailored. Its natural, open-pore structure as much as the soft, fine-grain surface and characteristic stitching render this leather truly distinctive.

The BMW Individual fine-grain full Merino leather option with extended features is available for the new BMW X5 in the shades Amaro Brown and Criollo Brown. The contrast-colour seams and piping in finest leather are exquisite details that reflect the high levels of craftsmanship. Stylish design and consummate workmanship also sum up the quality of the BMW Individual interior trim strips, with a choice of Piano Finish Black and Sen Light Brown available for the new BMW X5. Their surfaces display both the high quality of the material and a perfectly executed finish.

The BMW Individual range will be available from December 2013.

Original BMW Accessories: tailor-made for greater variability and comfort.

The versatility of the new BMW X5 has also been further enhanced thanks to products from the Original BMW Accessories range that are literally made-to-measure. Floor and luggage compartment mats, along with transport bags whose contours are precisely shaped to fit the interior dimensions of the Sports Activity Vehicle, serve as ideal accessories for everyday use and on longer journeys. Their eye-catching design, moreover, cites the lines of the car while accentuating the hallmark sturdiness of BMW X models. All-weather floor mats made of particularly hard-wearing non-slip material and textile floor mats with a rubber surface integrated in the foot area are each offered in sets of two. A characteristic design feature of both variants is an eye-catching, brushed stainless steel insert with BMW lettering. The trunk-mat for the new BMW X5 is in matching style and has a non-slip, dirt-repellent surface.

The new transport bags from the Original BMW Accessories range were developed for leisure, travel and sporting activities and boast a design that is visibly geared to the new BMW X5. They are distinguished by high-quality leather and textile as well as optimal functionality. The collection includes a Storage Bag Fond that can be attached to the seat by means of the centre seatbelt and offers not only extra stowage space but two thermally insulated cupholders as well.

Even more space for travel accoutrements is provided by the seat organiser likewise designed specifically with the new BMW X5 in mind. It can be attached to the driver or front passenger headrests, has two large storage compartments, and can be conveniently used outside the car as well. An ideal companion for winter sports is the ski and snowboard bag that extends from the luggage compartment through to the rear of the car. It has room for up to four pairs of skis or three snowboards and features integrated rollers, handles and a shoulder strap for convenient transportation beyond the car. To complement this, a sturdy transport bag for ski boots, helmets and gloves is also available.

All products in the Original BMW Accessories range comply with the extremely high standards of the BMW Group in terms of their design, quality and safety and conform to BMW’s comprehensive terms of warranty. When retrofitted, they do not in any way affect the warranty terms for the relevant vehicle. Sales and installation are via the BMW and BMW M dealer network, BMW branches and BMW service partners.

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