NEW FOR 2012:

– xDrive 35i adds standard Nevada Leather upholstery

Having received an engine upgrade for 2011, the BMW X5 moves into 2012 unchanged, except for standard leather upholstery in the xDrive 35i, which replaces the “leatherette” seats.

The X5 comes with a choice of four engines. The xDrive35i uses a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder with twin-scroll turbocharger and eight-speed automatic. The xDrive35d uses a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbodiesel with six-speed automatic transmission. The xDrive50i uses a 4.4-litre TwinPower turbocharged V8 with eight-speed automatic. The X5M also uses a 4.4-litre TwinPower turbocharged V8, but with higher output and with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Features on the xDrive35i include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, automatic adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with washers, adaptive brake lights, tire pressure warning system, rain-sensing wipers with heated washer jets, heated mirrors, alarm system with interior motion sensor, self-charging keyless fob, black roof rails, cruise control, heated multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic adjustment, cruise control, split-folding rear seats, power windows, ten-way heated leather seats, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, USB port, iPod connectivity, BMW Assist, Bluetooth connectivity, and iDrive.

The xDrive35d is similarly equipped.

The xDrive50i adds Park Distance Control, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, panoramic sunroof and ten-speaker sound system.

The X6M adds 20-inch alloy wheels, M-specific rear-bias xDrive, automatic power liftgate, Comfort Access, M mirrors, M front apron and side sills, anthracite roof liner, power tilt and telescopic M-specific steering wheel, ten-way heated leather M sport seats, and voice-controlled navigation system.

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