Official: 2011 Bmw X5 breaks cover

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Monday August 30, 2010

Official: 2011 Bmw X5 breaks cover

Yesterday we showed you the leaked photos, but today it time to officially present you the brand new 2011 Bmw X5, a facelifted version of the popular SUV which promises to bring new powertrains and updated design. The X5 facelift is led by the redesign of the front fascia and position of the standard foglamps but also by an increased size of both the central and outer air intakes which hints at the boosted engine output.

A matte-finished silver protection plate extends across the entire width of the central air intake, emphasizing the muscular features of the SUV, and accentuates the new X5's character. The new dual round Xenon Adaptive headlights and foglamps are now situated higher and closer to the kidney grille. The rear end matches the graphic structure of the front end, the surrounds of the dual exhaust pipes are now painted in body color while the The L-shaped taillight fixtures, each with two LED light banks, create the BMW-signature nighttime appearance.

Bmw added new body colors such as Deep Sea Blue, Platinum Grey and Sparkling Bronz but also new interior colors Oyster or Cinnamon Brown in addition to the familiar Sand Beige, and Black, and matte Satin Silver interior trim strips.The 2011 Bmw X5 brings new changes under the hood. The X5 xDrive50i takes its place as the flagship of the X5 family with its 400 hp at 5,500 rpm and 450 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 @ 4,500 rpm from its twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V-8 engine. With these numbers the car can sprint to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. The X5 xDrive50i starts at $59,275 including Destination & Handling. The X5 also receives the brand new inline-6 gasoline engine, internally dubbed "N55", delivering 300 hp and capable to push the car to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

The essential X5 xDrive35i has an MSRP of $46,675 including Destination & Handling. A premiere on the new X5 is BMW's new 8-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic control. The new 8-speed transmission is standard in the X5 xDrive50i and X5 xDrive35i, and raises the industry standard for compactness, efficiency, and gear selection. BMW's 8-speed automatic was introduced on the 5-Series Gran Turismo and 760Li Sedan in the fall of 2009. Regarding the diesel engines, the X5 xDrive35d carries 265 hp capable to push the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds and to return an EPA mileage estimates of 19 mpg city and 26 highway.

Despite the enhancements for the new model year, MSRP for this model remains $52,175 including Destination & Handling. Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go becomes available for the first time on the X5 in the 2011 model year, as does Lane Departure Warning. Active Steering, running boards, Head-Up Display, 4-zone automatic climate control, rear seat entertainment system, side-view cameras, top-view camera, Nappa Leather seats, Nappa Leather-covered dashboard and center console, Comfort Access with keyless entry, and smartphone integration are just a few of the available options. The new 2011 Bmw X5 will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show in April, and will go on sale at authorized BMW Centers shortly thereafter.