BMW South Africa is going ahead preparing for the launch of the all-new shape X5 in the coming months. The car, now in its third-generation, will attempt to prove it’s still the best-driving SUV despite strong competition from rivals like the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.
Having already unveiled the new range with lesser engines, BMW has now introduced the M50d model. It is of course run by the 3.0-litre tri-turbo diesel engine that gifts it a highly impressive 280kW of power as well as 740Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic is par for the course and drives all four wheels in conjunction with xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD). BMW claims it will run from standstill to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds and run out of steam at 250km/h.
This being a diesel means it will drink less than an equivalently-powered V8 for example. So to this end BMW says 6.7 litres per 100km and C02 emissions of 177 g/km are the figures it got.
The old shape X5 M50d is leaving the building at about R991 000 a pop. Expect this one to tip the till at just over R1 million standard.