NEW FOR 2015:

-X5M returns

For 2015, the X5M brings high performance back to BMW’s largest crossover model, and it’s even more potent than its predecessor, last sold as a 2013 model.

The X5M shares its 4.4L turbocharged V8 with the xDrive 50i model, but here, it’s tuned for 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, up 13 hp and 53 lb-ft over the previous version.

Other models are carried over: base trim is xDrive 35i, using a 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that makes 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Pay a little more, and you get the turbodiesel 3.0L six exclusive to the xDrive 35d model; it makes 255 hp and 413 lb-ft. Finally, the next step up is into the xDrive 50i, with its 4.4L V8 the produces 445 hp and 479 lb-ft.

All four models are AWD, and all share an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard kit in xDrive 35i and 35d models includes 19-inch wheels and tires, steerable Xenon automatic headlights, adaptive brake lights, fog lights, heated, auto-dimming, and power-folding side mirrors and windshield washer jets, front and rear park assist, backup camera, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel and front seats, power-adjustable tilt-and-telescopic steering, power tailgate, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with driver memory, Dakota leather seat upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs and CD player, and Bluetooth.

Extra stuff included in xDrive 50i trim includes soft-close doors, garage door opener, navigation, and voice control for navigation, telephone and stereo functions.

X5M trim adds 21-inch wheels, M sport seats, heated rear seats, 16-speaker 600-watt stereo with auxiliary and USB inputs and CD player, head-up display, and four-zone automatic climate control.

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