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 |  Jun 21 2010, 2:06 PM

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The BMW 5-Series xDrive models will hit dealerships this October, right before the snow hits the ground, but if you want to pick up one of BMW’s all-wheel-drive sedans, you better be prepared to make it rain.

The base 5-Series xDrive will start at a not insignificant $52,775 for the 535i and $62,875 for the 550i. Both cars represent a $2,300 increase over the standard, rear-drive cars, but with the xDrive models so popular in snowbelt areas, we predict that BMW will have no problem reaping the extra premium in Canada and the Northeastern United States. XDrive models also come with Hill Descent Control, a specialized system that helps vehicles navigate steep grades by controlling vehicle speed, a useful feature on snowy and icy hills.

[Source: Autoblog]