BMW 550dXM coming in 2012 image

In a world more concerned with low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, BMW has to keep up with its competitors so a diesel version of the 5-Series M will make its way through the auto market next year.

Yeas, it’s not a typo, a 5-Series M Diesel with the all-wheel drive technology on it, following the TDI introduced for the VW Golf GT, the Megane RS chassis combined with a diesel unit or the big Audi Q7 SUV with the V12 on it. The only difference is that BMW isn’t considering introducing the engine to its 3-Series and it is taking a large step going up to the 5-Series.

The BMW 550dXM will not be powered by a 5.0 liter unit as you probably think but is will have a 3.0 liter tri-turbo engine, which will develop 650 pound-feet of torque, which is actually more than the M5, but its exact power is not known for now. Rumors announce it somewhere around 500 horsepower. Pretty impressive if you think that taking it easy on the gas will give you a low fuel consumption.

No more official details about the new 550dXM are known for now and the new BMW model is expected to be revealed early next year. Maybe at Geneva?