April may be the cruelest month, but BMW is poised to stir the automotive world’s dull roots by officially unveiling their latest iteration of the X5. AutoAnything is here to play Madame Sosostris, peering into the future to unlock the secrets of the BMW X5. (P.S. Fear death by water!)
First and foremost, the 2011 BMW X5 is getting a much-needed facelift. The old girl had been looking a little stale over the past couple of years, so we’re glad Joan Rivers was able to whisper some motivational words in Jim O’Donnell’s ear. With the redesign, BMW was able to maintain the near perfect 50-50 front-to-rear weight ratio, so it’ll still handle like a Bimmer.
Along with the body mods, BMW is unveiling 2 new powertrains for the X5: the xDrive50i and the xDrive35i. The xDrive50i is a twin-turbocharged V8 capable of dumping 400 hp and 450 ft-lbs of torque to the rear wheels. The smaller xDrive35i is a turbocharged inline-6 rated at 300 hp. Plus, it’s connected to a new 8-speed automatic tranny (no snickering) for incredibly peppy throttle response at any speed.
Along with these 2 new powertrains, the 2011 BMW X5 will also have the tried and true xDrive35d diesel option available. This fuel-sipping monster cranks out 265 hp and a whopping 425 ft-lbs of torque while still maintaining EPA mileage estimates of 19 city and 26 highway.
Of course, what’s a new BMW without a few new bells und whistles? The new 2011 X5 doesn’t disappoint in the razzle-dazzle department. Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Nappa leather seats, Head-up Display and smartphone integration are just a few of the options you can tack onto your tab.