While the X5 may not seem as logical a platform for modification as the new 2-Series, the line of M Performance parts designed for it should provide a little extra oomph and help owners stand out from the crowd.
An M Performance Power Kit is available for the X5 xDrive35i. It relies on tweaks to the ECU to extract 20 horsepower from the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six, for a total of 320 horsepower. Peak torque rises by 32 pound-feet to a total of 322 pound-feet.
BMW says the upgrade also improves throttle response, while an available M Performance Exhaust--with a choice of chrome or carbon tips--gives the engine a more exuberant sound. Other upgrades include an M Performance Brake Kit--blue-painted six-piston calipers and other parts taken from the previous-generation X5 M--and double-spoke 21-inch wheels with performance tires.
To give the X5 a more aggressive look to match the mechanical upgrades, BMW will offer a black decorative grid for the twin-kidney grille, carbon-fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, and side mirror caps, and sportier side sills with the M Performance logo. On the inside, there's more carbon fiber trim (and some Alcantara), plus a sport steering wheel, steel pedals, and custom floor mats.
M Performance parts for the third-generation BMW X5 will be available beginning in March. U.S. buyers looking for a sporty SUV can also opt for the M Sport package, while a new version of the X5 M hot rod is expected further down the line.