Off-road or race - how do you want it?

The fourth-generation BMW X5 is set to arrive very soon for the 2019 model year, but Bimmer is already ramping up the hype with a slew of new M Performance parts, including fresh exterior bits and new interior equipment. Off-roading- or racer-styles are both on offer.

Adding Extra Sporting Style To The Mid-Size SUV

2019 BMW X5 with M Performance Parts
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BMW is framing these new parts for the latest fourth-generation BMW X5 as offering a combination of both form and function, not only giving it a unique look, but also helping it give the driver “impressive off-road performance with outstanding driving dynamics quality on the road.” Interested buyers can get theirs through the Original BMW Accessories program, with availability opening up in conjunction with the worldwide market launch of the new BMW X5 in March of 2019.

Let’s start outside, where we find a variety of carbon fiber bits that help the X5 more efficiently cut through the air, while also keeping weight relatively low. These various components come with a honeycomb structure inspired by motor racing, plus a high-gloss finish to help it shine on the street.

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Up front, you’ll find new trim for the air intakes and new front winglets. There’s also a new diffuser and rear winglets for the tail section.

The profile gets new carbon fiber side view mirror caps, plus new side sills finished in a matte black color with the M Performance branding added along the side.

If you’re more of the “rough-and-tumble” type, BMW is also offering some new off-roader-style gear, including 20-inch Star Spoke 748 M wheels made from a light aluminum-alloy and fitted with all-terrain rubber. The wheel itself uses a matte-black finish for the rim to help it look unique compared to the stock rollers.

Also optional are new 22-inch wheels with a Start Spoke 749 M design and rolled rim well. In addition to looking good, these wheels cut a few pounds in unsprung weight per roller compared to comparable wheels of the same size, and come wrapped in new 22-inch tires as well.

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Throwing the anchor are new M Performance brakes with 4-pot aluminum calipers for the front axle.

The fresh calipers clamp down on larger vented and perforated M Performance discs, and come in a bright red finish to add a little extra style to the mix.

As you might expect, the upgrades don’t stop with the exterior bits, as Bimmer is also offering a full complement of interior gear to match.

That includes a new M Performance steering wheel with an Alcantara cover for the wheel rim and a prominent red mark at the 12 o’clock position, plus silver-grey contrast stitching. Additionally, buyers can option into carbon fiber trim for the steering wheel and optional carbon shift paddles as well.

Complementary features include M Performance floor mats, M Performance pedals, and an M Performance dead pedal.

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There are new LED door projectors on offer as well, with a light-up element that projects the BMW M logo onto the ground around the side skirts when opening the doors.

If you’re dead set on extracting every bit of performance possible from your X5, you’ll want the M Performance Drive Analyzer, which comes with an OBD connector stick that mates to a smartphone app. Essentially, this system relays critical parts of the onboard diagnostics to the app, providing insight with a bevy of driving data and a logging system, not to mention a sync with your smartphone video camera and GPS position data.

Finally, BMW is offering an M Performance key wallet to totally round out the accessory catalogue.

The 2019 BMW X5 will go on sale next month, with pricing starting at $60,700. Of course, it bears mentioning that if you want the full-fat BMW X5 M model, you’ll need to wait a bit, as a debut won’t be happening until 2019 for the 2020 model year.

Further reading

2019 BMW X5
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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X5.

2019 BMW X5 M Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW X5 M.

Like its predecessors and indeed the entire BMW X model family, the fourth generation of the BMW X5 (combined fuel consumption 11.6-6.0 l/100km; combined CO2 emissions: 264–158 g/km; provisional figures*) combines impressive off-road performance with outstanding driving dynamics quality on the road. With an extensive range of M Performance Parts for the new premium SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), BMW now in particular addresses those customers who wish to selectively refine the vehicle’s sporty character and give this aspect further emphasise the character. The M Performance Parts available through the Original BMW Accessories programme will be available right on time for the worldwide market launch of the BMW X5 in March 2019.

Development of the full range of M Performance Parts has always drawn on the extensive motor racing expertise of BMW M GmbH. All components are perfectly matched – both with each other and with the specific properties of each model. In this way, they not only give the vehicle concerned a more striking, dynamic appearance but also serve a functional purpose. The features have a positive impact on the vehicle’s aerodynamic properties, for instance, or contribute additionally to the intelligent lightweight concept.

The numerous exterior components in carbon fibre make for a more pronounced appearance.
The M Performance exterior components in carbon fibre are especially effective in creating a particularly striking look in the BMW X5 that is clearly inspired by motor racing. They are all characterised by the honeycomb structure that is so typical of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. Finished by hand and sealed with a clear finish, the components are given a final high-gloss polish for an impressive depth effect. For example, the air intake trim element for the standard bumper and the front winglets not only visually enhance the front section, they also highlight the breadth of the SAV model. At the rear, the same applies to the rear winglets and the rear diffuser. The range of M exterior components in carbon fibre is rounded off with exterior mirror caps.

Finally, M Performance side sill foils in black matt are available for further enhancement of the vehicle’s sporty external look. They run from the front to the rear wheel arch along the entire lower sill and are branded with the M Performance inscription.

*The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated in the
current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. The information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account
differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as optional equipment and can change during configuration.
The figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. In these vehicles,
different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2
emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the "Manual on fuel
consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars", available free of charge at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

All-terrain wheels available from BMW as M Performance Parts for the first time.
For customers who prefer to highlight and make use of the off-road capabilities of their BMW X5, the 20’’ M light alloy wheel Star Spoke 748 M with all-terrain tyres is now available for the fourth generation of the BMW X5. The colour BMW M logo is especially eye-catching due to the fact that the rim is finished in sporty matt black. The specific rim design combined with the striking tread design of the all-terrain tyre reflects both robustness and stability. This new wheel/tyre combination also offers good rid comfort and is approved for use in winter.

Optional 22-inch tyres are also available for customers, that include a set of wheels from the M Performance Parts range. The 22" M Performance light alloy wheel Start Spoke 749 M with rolled rim well (flow forming) is about one kilogram lighter than a comparable wheel of the same size due to the special manufacturing technique used. All in all, the unsprung masses are reduced by approx. four kilograms as a result, which impacts positively on driving dynamics and turn-in response.

Weight-optimised design also characterises the M Performance sports brake: the 4-piston fixed calipers on the front axle are made of aluminium, for example. Meanwhile the inner-vented and perforated M Performance brake discs – which are larger than in the serial brakes (19 inches) – ensure improved thermal resilience and therefore an increased braking effect even in extreme conditions. The brake calipers finished in red visually highlight the M Performance sports brake – and especially striking feature in conjunction with wheels that have an open rim design such as the M Performance light alloy wheel Star Spoke 749 M.

Carbon fibre look and motor racing functionality on the inside, too.
A wide selection of M Performance components derived from and inspired by motor racing is also available for the interior of the new BMW X5, once again providing both visual and functional enhancement. The M Performance steering wheel ensures the driver has secure control over the dynamic SAV at all times, for example. This is due to the extremely high-grip Alcantara handling area with large thumbrests and special underlining for excellent stability and a direct steering feel. In addition to standard details such as the red centre marking at the 12 o’clock position and the silver-grey, hand-sewn cross-stitch, the M Performance steering wheel is also available with M Performance steering wheel trim in carbon fibre with M Performance inscription and Alcantara insert. To match this, the shift paddles can also be selected in an M Performance finish featuring carbon fabric instead of the standard chrome surface.

It is also possible to give the driver’s workplace a motor racing look and feel in areas that are outside the direct field of vision in the new BMW X5. Contributing factors here are the M Performance floor mats with M Performance inscription, a pennant in the typical M colours and a surround in leather look including decorative seam in contrasting colours, as well as pedal pads and footrest in stainless steel. The asymmetrical profiles of the latter underscore the striking motor racing look.

Drive Analyser for comprehensive driving style analysis.
The M Performance Drive Analyser is available to those wanting to achieve motor racing optimisation not just in the BMW X5 itself but also in terms of their own driving style. It consists of an OBD stick, which is plugged into the on-board diagnosis socket, and a smartphone app. The Drive Analyser is derived directly from motor racing: it provides the driver with all the main driving dynamics data, offering extensive and professional logging and analysis options. It also enables trip recording on a smartphone video camera, driving data logging and route tracking based on GPS position data.

A love of motor racing in general and M Performance products in particular can also be expressed by means of features that are not directly connected with the driving experience in the new BMW X5 itself. The M Performance slide set for the BMW LED door projectors enables the BMW M logo or other motifs relating to M Performance to be projected onto the asphalt when getting in and out of the car, for example. The M Performance key wallet made of high-quality Alcantara with carbon fibre insert can by firmly attached to the vehicle key by means of a hexagon socket screw in M light blue, thereby protecting it from scratches and damage. The same combination of looks and function is provided by the M Performance tyre bags made of high-quality and highly resilient plastic: these protect the wheels from soiling during transport and storage.

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