BMW has unveiled its 2014 X5 M50d SUV, powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine with 381 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque.
The diesel unit’s power is transferred to the road through an eight-speed automatic transmission and the automaker’s xDrive all-wheel drive. Standard to the X5 M50d is Adaptive M suspension including improved damper control and an air suspension at the rear axle, in addition to electric power steering. The optional dynamic adaptive suspension package also comes with 19-inch wheels.
The new X5 not only improves fuel efficiency, but now accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.3 seconds thanks to the world’s most powerful inline-six, diesel engine. The X5 M50d was tested to achieve 42.2 mpg on the EU cycle. To compare, the 2013 BMW X5 M50d got 37.7 mpg on the EU cycle and accelerated to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds. Its also worth noting that the European fuel efficiency test cycle returns much more optimistic consumption figures than the EPA. Then again, this version of the X5 won’t be sold in the U.S., so it really doesn’t matter.
The BMW Individual Range will be available for the X5 M50d, allowing buyers to customize the X5 inside and out. The new BMW X5 is set to arrive in showrooms on November 16, 2013.
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