The 2015 BMW X5 M is probably one of the most eagerly awaited models from the German luxury automaker. BMW has launched the third-generation X5 in May last year, but until now the high-performance M version of the five-door SUV is yet to arrive in the market. The next X5 M will look much different from the standard version, both in terms of design styling and engine performance.
Last year, the BMW X5 (F15) has received a significant redesign as the third-generation model after the second-generation X5 (E70) has become one of the best-selling models in 2011. Although there’s little resemblance to the second-gen E70, but aggressive redesign has made the 2014 BMW X5 crossover become more luxurious and modern. In addition, the new model is also much lighter than the previous generation – around 170-230 lbs.
Some reports indicate that the 2015 BMW X5 M will have a more aggressive design compared to the regular models, although the hottest M version will still use the same engine as used in the regular model and the previous generation X5 M. However, horsepower and torque will definitely be increased for the high-performance M model.
Talking about the exterior design, what we know so far from some spy photos on the internet is that the next X5 M crossover can be distinguished from the larger air intakes design, different front and rear bumpers design and exhaust pipe adopts M quad design with two exhaust pipes on the left and two other pipes on the right.
Not only that, the hottest M version also appears adopt wider and fatter tires, larger brakes with blue calipers and roof-mounted spoiler. At least it’s some difference with the regular model that can be mentioned here. Some other changes and redesign is not clearly visible because the car disguised by camouflage.
Under the hood, the 2015 BMW X5 M will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with greater peak output than the standard version and the current X5 M – is expected to deliver more than 560 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. Like the previous generation, the twin-turbo V8 engine will be equipped with a six-speed M Sport automatic gearbox and M tuned xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
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As we know, the 2013 BMW X5 M by using the same engine capable of developing up to 555 horsepower (408 Kw) at 6,000 rpm and 502 lb-ft of torque (680 Nm) at 1,500-5,650 rpm. The 555-HP 4.4L V8 twin-turbo allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds (0â€“100 km/h completed in 4.7 seconds) before hitting its top speed at 155 mph (250 km/h). Fuel efficiency ratings for the upcoming X5 M models is also expected to improve, compared to the previous generation that is rated at 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.
2015 BMW X5 M Release Date is set for later this year
As for release date, the 2015 BMW X5 M is expected to be officially launched in several markets towards the end of this year and the new model will likely go on sale no later than early next year as 2015 models. According to our sources, the new high-performance X5 M is likely to make its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this March. In addition to the X5 crossover, the hottest M version will also be available on its siblings “2015 BMW X6”, and will reportedly be released at the same time.
It’s too early to talk about the price, but we expect the new-generation X5 M will go on sale with a price tag of around $90,000, given the previous generation (2013 X5 M) is priced at $88,850 (MSRP).
Meanwhile, the next-gen 2015 X6 M is likely to start around $94,900 or would get a $1,000 price increase from the current model. Given the current BMW X6 M starts at $93,900 (MSRP), while the 2013 model is priced at $92,900 (MSRP). However, prices for the upcoming model above is only an estimate and not entirely accurate.
Note: Two images above are the 2013 BMW X5 M and a spy photo by Worldcarfans.com