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BMW unleashes its engine making sorcery to create the most powerful diesel unit in the market - and fits it in the new X5.

21 Apr 2014

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Characterised by the higher torque and better fuel efficiency, diesel engines are often considered the perfect match for big, hefty vehicles.

But more recently, BMW has proven to the masses that the second grade oil could do more than just propelling commercial movers or bread and butter economical getabouts.

Despite keeping to similar dimensions as its predecessor, the new X5 M50d managed to shed an eye-catching 115kg 

Known as M Performance, this new lineup of vehicles plays second fiddle to the legendary M cars, but remains exciting enough to play to the heartstrings of the well-heeled.

Sitting aloft of the 'standard' variants, they also have to create a 'bigger bang' - which means enough go to match the show. But rest assured that this X5 M50d has no lack of punch, as underneath its hood lies the most powerful diesel engine to date.


Like its subtle-looking M cousins, the M50d hints quietly of its potency, especially when clad in a suit of understated dark metallic blue.

That said, the M50d was never meant to be the sort of playful, zesty kind of off-roader. Measuring 4,886mm long, 1,938mm wide and standing at 1,762mm, the stout proportion speaks of matureness rather than adolescence. 

The slightly tweaked front facet now looks more up class too, with the help of new adaptive LED headlamps that add a healthy dose of athleticism.

Other than the proudly worn 'M' emblems in racy red and blue colours, there's nothing quite racy about this SUV

The rump also has a more intrinsic-looking light signature, though the design and layout remain relatively unchanged from its predecessor.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors
BMW M Series X5 M50d 3.0 [Base model] 7-Seater (A)
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Engine Type


6-cylinder in-line TwinPower Turbocharged

Engine Cap





284kW (381 bhp) / 4400 rpm



740 Nm / 3000 rpm



8-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


14.9 km/L

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