The BMW X5 model lineup will be matched by a BMW M Performance Automobile in the spring of 2012 that features an M-specific suspension setting and a remarkable design optimized for aerodynamics. These features are in addition to a 280 kW/381 hp diesel power plant with ground-breaking, three-stage turbocharging.
Concurrently with BMW X5 M50d's market launch, the new M Sport Edition will be available for all further model versions. It effectively adds towards a further improvement of the extremely powerful and lively attributes of the Sports Activity Vehicle, thus, also highlighting its visual qualities.
The M Sport Edition consists of M exterior features for optimizing air guidance, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, 20-inch M light alloys including tire mix, Adaptive Cornering Headlights and Xenon lights, which are standard on the BMW X5 xDrive40d and the BMW X5 xDrive50i. The BMW X5 xDrive50i is also fitted with pneumatic rear wheel suspension including automatic leveling. For all other models, the M Sport Edition has a sporty suspension setting.
The sporting interior environment is highlighted by the M leather-clad steering wheel with shift paddles, BMW Individual interiors trim strips in black piano lacquer, BMW Individual anthracite roof lining, stainless steel pedals, the M footrest for the driver, and doorsills boasting the M logo. In addition, the M Sport Edition offers electrically adjustable sports seats.
The new M Alcantara/Black Nappa leather amalgamation is exclusively available in line with the M Sport Edition. Beyond that, the special equipment lineup for the BMW X5 will also include, in future, the optional heated steering wheel together with the M leather-clad steering wheel. The color variant Orion Silver metallic will be available in the spring of 2012 as a new exterior paint finish.
The 2011 BMW X5 represents the latest in the world's first-ever Sports Activity Vehicle. Originally launched in late 1999 for the 2000 model year, BMW X5 series has changed the automotive landscape for good. It proved that driving dynamics, responsiveness, as well as distinct BMW linear control, could be compatible with versatility, utility, and other-roads capability. The 2011 BMW X5 models are also enhanced with an updated design and new powertrains. The new car will make its debut in North American at the NY International Auto Show 2010.
BMW’s engineers and designers created over 4,000 new parts for the 2011 BMW X5, resulting to new powertrains and innovative design elements. Two of these powertrains are all-new for the 2011 X5, creating the BMW X5 xDrive35i and BMW X5 xDrive50i, in addition to the Advanced Diesel X5 xDrive35d. All these X5 models received a design update that has enhanced the brand’s aesthetic appearance and brilliant focus.
Moreover, the new X5’s body design is characterized by its well-balanced proportions, accentuating its powerful presence and agility. Also, the car’s long wheelbase, large light-alloy wheels, and short body overhangs all provide visual balance between its front and rear. The X5’s square-shaped and carefully flared wheel arches also contribute to its all-wheel drive traction as well as its other-roads capability. Additionally, the car’s body lines are swept upwards from the wheels, conveying the brand’s almost-perfect 50-50 weight distribution. This weight distribution is essential to the X5's legendary driving dynamic.
Lastly, the X5’s sides are elegantly stretched through the strong horizontal lines. The hood surface also flows effortlessly into the waistline, while a prominent yet gently inclined contour line extends from the car’s front wheel arches to its rear. These character lines signify presence, power, and stability.