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BMW enhances its X5 for 2011


The BMW X5 SUV has been revised with a new range of engines and fresh styling

The 2011 BMW X5 will make its debut in April at the 2010 New York Auto Show, and is expected to arrive on our shores in mid-2010.

Changes to the outgoing X5 include restyled bumpers, larger side air intakes at the front, revised head- and tail-lamps, and a new selection of exterior colours.

BMW has also added to new petrol variants, the X5 xDrive50i and X5 xDrive35i, in addition to the previous X5 xDrive35d turbodiesel.

The X5 xDrive50i features BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V-8 engine, which reportedly delivers 400hp and 450lb of torque.

There’s also an X5 xDrive35i with a 300hp single turbo 3.0-litre straight six capable of reaching 100kph in 6.8 seconds.

Top of the range model is the BMW X5 xDrive50i with a 4.4-litre V8 power unit featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct petrol injection (High Precision Injection) has an output of 300 kW/407 bhp. It will take the car from 0-100kph in 5.5 seconds.

The new BMW X5 xDrive35i is powered by a 225 kW/306 bhp straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC. This 3.0-litre is capable of reaching 100kph in 6.8 seconds.

All engines comply with EU5 emission standards and come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside the seven-seater is the new iDrive control system, and luggage compartment that can be extended to 1750 litres.

See the BMW X5 for sale here.

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