Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: BMW X5 M50d image

Even though a few years back we could have never conceived a BMW M with a diesel under the hood, times change – we already have the second generation of the powerful SUV X5 in its M50d form.

Released into the wild just a few short days from the 2013 IAA, the new diesel workhorse has made its official public unveiling during the Frankfurt Motor Show. The M50d will serve as the most powerful iteration of the diesel line-up of the third generation X5, and the model will be destined to markets that fancy such locomotives – so no State Side release, sorry.

The 2014 X5 M50d is powered by a Euro 6-compliant 3.0-liter tri-turbo engine that delivers no less than 381 hp (280 kW) and has a peak torque of 740 Nm (546 lb-ft). Naturally, we have on board the xDrive all-wheel drive system, which delivers the power with the help of an eight-speed automatic gearbox, allowing the car to reach 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.

Because we’re talking about a diesel, the M50d should be a rather fuel-efficient monster, with an official economy rating of 6.7 l/100 km (35.1 mpg US or 42.2 mpg UK) and CO2 emissions of 177 g/km. Naturally, BMW brags about the fact that this new version is 10% more economical than the outgoing model.

Being the M Performance model that it is, the BMW engineers fitted as standard the X5 M50d with Adaptive M suspension with Dynamic Damper Control and air suspension at the rear axle. The SAV can be optionally fitted with the Dynamic adaptive suspension package bringing Dynamic Drive active roll stabilization and Dynamic Performance Control.