Another day, another rumor in the BMW world. The long time rumored tri-turbo engine will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011, and will power two new X5 and X6 models, in the addition to the xDrive40d announced yesterday.
The BMW X5 xDrive45d and X6 xDrive45d are to be considered Performance Diesel vehicles with the engine outputting 354 horsepower.
This new engine will carry the EfficientDynamics badge by incorporating technologies like Start-Stop system and Brake Energy Regeneration (KERS). It will be geared towards the European market in need for a top X5 model.
BMW X5 Performance Diesel has less pronounced wheel arches that the ones seen on the new BMW X5 M. The wheels give the car very sporting and powerful appearance. The aerodynamic performance package follows the design of the X5 M, but the central intake is smaller with the intakes for the brakes less open mouthed and a colored bar across.
Same source, someone close to BMW, speaks of subtle spoilers for air flow at the leading edge of the bumper. The rear of the car features two larger and more exposed performance exhaust pipes which will be incorporated in the upcoming facelift of the X5.
The tri-turbo engine will be first available in the X5 models and the X6 at a later date. BMW plans to introduce the engine within key models such as the next 5 Series , 7 Series and eventually the additional 5er and 6er variants.
With a year to go and not many information coming out of the Munich gates, we’ll have to treat this one as a rumor for now.