New BMW X5 M & BMW X6 M

BY Joel Tam

BMW Asia has introduced the new BMW X5 M & BMW X6 M, both of which have now been given striking accentuations at the front and rear, with new adaptive LED headlamps as standard.

“Targeted at discerning customers who enjoy the unique high-performance character of a BMW M car in the segment of BMW X models, the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are the first all-wheel-drive models to offer the supreme performance, dynamic driving features, athletic design, and premium quality of a typical BMW M Car,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

“With the revised look, the exterior appearances of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M have been enhanced to better characterize the exclusive athleticism and performance supremacy that they possess.”

The standard fog lights of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are now set in matt finish surrounds in the upper area of the outer air inlets. Their higher and more lateral position emphasise the width of the vehicle. The striking three dimensional modelling of the frame and newly designed bars, angled in the lower section, make the BMW kidney grille stand out especially conspicuously within the vehicle front section. The angle of the grille bars is flush with the bottom of the headlamp units, thereby creating an additional horizontal line which likewise highlights the wide track and stable road-holding of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M.

As an alternative to the standard bi-xenon light, the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are the first vehicles in their respective segments to be fitted standard with adaptive LED headlamps. Their bright white light ensures optimum visibility, while their high-quality appearance represents a new interpretation of the brand's hallmark twin circular headlamps. The three dimensionally shaped luminous rings of the adaptive LED headlamps are strikingly levelled off both at the top and bottom and are overlaid at the upper edge by an LED-fed accent light. The light sources for low and high beam light are LED units positioned on a horizontal bar at its centre, feeding their light into the reflectors in front.

With the newly designed rear lights with LED technology, the powerfully shaped rear section of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M also feature more intense styling. The rear lights are now two LED-fed light banks which create the brand's hallmark night design as a harmoniously glowing light mass. The fact that they are horizontally aligned and stretch far out to the sides emphasise both the width of the vehicle and the flowing transition between the side section and rear.

Other things remain largely the same, both the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are powered by a 4.4 V8 delivering 555 bhp, capable of accelerating to 100 km/h from standstill in 4.7 seconds - driven through BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system.