The latest news about BMW's X5 series is that a new version of the crossover will be equipped with two new turbo-powered gasoline engines mated to a new eight-cylinder automatic transmission.
Recently, BMW's diesel-powered X5 has received much praise. But the spotlight currently is on the new version of the X5, which was built in Spartanburg, S.C. Expect this model to arrive in dealerships next month.
The midcycle changes include a modest exterior face-lift and the X5 has been given a new front apron with larger side intakes.
BMW repositioned Fog lamps higher and closer to the kidney grille. Furthermore, more of the surface is painted to match the body color. The model also gets optional Xenon headlights with LED corona rings.
In the rear, the taillights were redesigned, the bumper has been reshaped, and the surrounds of the dual exhaust pipes are now painted in body color, matching the new look upfront.
BMW's new single-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six has been fitted to the 2011 xDrive35i, which replaces the 2010 xDrive30i in the lineup. Meanwhile, the twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 has been added to the 2011 xDrive50i, which replaces the 2010 xDrive48i.
The V-8 is the engine that was used in the X6 xDrive 50i.The new xDrive35i is able to generate 300 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque, up from 260 hp and 225 pounds-feet for the xDrive30i.
The xDrive50i produces 400 hp and 450 pounds-feet of torque, up from 350 hp and 350 pounds-feet on the xDrive48i.