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Spy Photos: BMW X5 M Facelift

Spy Photos | January 31st, 2012 by 3
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Here are the first spy photos of the upcoming BMW X5 M facelift. In 2009, BMW offered their life cycle impulse to the standard X5 …

Here are the first spy photos of the upcoming BMW X5 M facelift. In 2009, BMW offered their life cycle impulse to the standard X5 models, but the X5 M model came to market around the same time with the pre-facelift design cues.

Nearly three years later, BMW is ready to offer small visual upgrades to the super sporty SAV.

The spied prototype carries light camouflage around the headlights and taillights, an indication that the full LED treatment is coming to the X5 M as well. The X5 M LCI will make use of the adaptive LED headlights, along with redesigned taillights.

No power upgrades are planned for the X5 M so expect the same tuned up 4.4 liter V8 engine delivering 555 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 5,650 rpm. The engine uses the twin-scroll twin turbo technology with High Precision Direct Injection. By positioning the twin-scroll turbochargers together with the catalytic converters in the “V” section between the cylinders, it minimizes the turbo lag and offers better fuel efficiency.

Inside, BMW will most likely offer specific trim and leather options for the X5 M, but no other significant changes.

We predict a premiere of the twin-M SUVs at the New York Auto Show in April.

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