Due to arrive in the showrooms on 16 November 2013, the line-up of the new generation of the X5 SUV is being quickly expanded with an astonishingly performing model, the diesel powered M50d.

Long forgotten are the days when no one could have imagined a BMW that is truly power hungry and eats diesel instead of petrol, they were obliterated from collective memory about the same time when BMW outed their first SUV – the American made X5.

Oh, how things really change – now in its third iteration, the X5 is accompanied at launch by a diesel model that would bring to shame many performance models – all of them petrol fueled – only a decade old. And it could even shame some of those produced today. But let’s all see why.

Its six-cylinder in-line diesel engine boasts detailed refinements and comes with three-stage turbocharging and common rail direct injection. From a 3.0-litre displacement it develops output of 280 kW /381 hp and a peak torque of 740 Newton metres (546 lb-ft). BMW BluePerformance technology as standard means the M Performance Automobile is also EU6-compliant. The diesel unit’s power is transferred to the road by an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive.

Adaptive M suspension including Dynamic Damper Control and air suspension at the rear axle, as well as Electric Power Steering are standard features for the new X5 M50d while optional Dynamic adaptive suspension package comprises of Dynamic Performance Control and Dynamic Drive active roll stabilization. Besides obvious exterior features, we could also highlight the 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design.

Average fuel consumption for the new BMW X5 M50d is 6.7 l/100 km (42.2 mpg) in the EU test cycle, with CO2 emissions of 177 g/km but we all care more about the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint – achieved in 5.3 seconds.


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