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First Look At 2014 BMW X5 M Sport Package And X5 M50d

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Following this week’s earlier reveal of the 2014 BMW X5, the third generation of BMW’s luxurious and dynamic mid-size SUV, the first photos of the vehicle equipped with its new M Sport package and in its high-performance diesel M50d trim have surfaced.

The images are from an official brochure for the new X5, obtained by enthusiast site BMW Blog.

The new M Sport package should be available for the X5 when sales begin later this year.

It offers the typical M Sport upgrades such as a sporty body kit, dark Shadowline trim for the window surrounds and 19- or 20-inch M light alloy wheels. An adaptive suspension system is also available as part of the package.

For the interior, the upgrade includes a new sports automatic transmission with paddle shifters, an M-badged steering wheel, anthracite headliner, custom sports seats and M-badged door sills.

As for the 2014 BMW X5 M50d, the U.S. unfortunately will miss out on this latest high-performance diesel. The vehicle falls under BMW’s new M Performance umbrella and features a triple-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six diesel engine, just like the previous-generation X5 M50d. Output is unchanged for the latest model, registering at 381 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.

This is enough to rocket the latest X5 M50d from 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds and see it easily reach its governed top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy for the European combined cycle is an impressive 35.1 mpg.    

This model also dons plenty of M upgrades including the same sports automatic transmission included with the M Sport package, M-badging on the exterior and darkened exhaust tips.  

The 2014 BMW X5 reaches U.S. dealers in the fourth quarter of 2013, with X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i, and X5 xDrive50i models at launch. Americans will still be able to opt for a diesel-powered, in this case the X5 xDrive35d, which arrives sometime in early 2014.

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