MUNICH, GERMANY - Making its North America debut at the New York International Auto Show this past April, the new 2011 BMW X5 takes the innovative design and dynamic versatility of the all-wheel-drive Sports Activity Vehicle platform to a new level.

The front end takes on a lower, more aggressive appearance, while retaining the distinctive X5 hood design and character lines. A greater number of front-end elements are now painted, extending the finished look of the vehicle and narrowing the black trim at the bottom edge of the body. The dual round Xenon Adaptive Headlights and foglights are situated closer to the kidney grille. And a newly designed rear apron features a pair of intricately fashioned surrounds for the dual exhaust pipes. A choice of new paints - including the metallic colors Platinum Gray, Sparkling Bronze, and Deep Sea Blue - round out the premium exterior enhancements.

Under that signature X5 hood, some more surprises: two TwinPower Turbo engine options that deliver plenty of muscle. In the X5 xDrive50i, a turbocharged V-8 produces a mighty 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The X5 xDrive35i offers BMW's new 3.0-liter, 300-hp inline six-cylinder engine with a single twin-scroll turbo. For those looking for an alternative to gasoline power, the X5 xDrive35d returns as the fastest, most fuelefficient diesel-powered vehicle in its class. A new 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission (standard in the X5 xDrive50i and X5 xDrive35i) offers improved acceleration and relaxed, efficient cruising.

 

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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