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2014 BMW X5 M50d: Specs, photos and price ahead of November on sale

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

The 2014 BMW X5 M50d (pictured) goes on sale November 2013

The new BMW X5 goes on sale in November – after a public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month – including the most powerful diesel X5, the 2014 BMW X5 M50d. Because the M50d is a bit special, BMW has seen fit to relay not just a pile of new photos of the M50d (above) but specific details on its spec and options ahead of the on sale date in Europe.

Just as in the first X50d, the new X50d gets the world’s most powerful in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine under the bonnet, which means a thumping 376bhp and a planet turning 546lb/ft of torque, enough to sprint to 62mph in a very un-diesel like 5.3 seconds.

Despite the same prodigious output as the original M50d, the new M50d gets tweaked to be Euro 6 compliant and manages to be 10 per cent more efficient too; it will now average 42.2mpg on the official economy cycle (more like 30mpg in the real world) with emissions of a relatively paltry 177g/km.

As the X5 M50d is just one step down from a proper BMW ‘M’, it gets plenty of M Performance goodies fitted as standard or option including Adaptive M suspension with Dynamic Damper Control, Rear Air Suspension, Dynamic Drive and Dynamic Performance Control and 19″ M light alloys wheels.

BMW will also be offering ‘Individual Line’ extras for the X5 M50d to leverage a few bob more out of buyers’ pockets, which includes special paint finishes – “…up to seven layers of paint and the addition of special colour pigments make for intriguing iridescent effects.”, don’t you know – and Merino leather in Amaro Brown and Criollo Brown and “contrast-colour seams and piping in finest leather“.

The new for 2014 BMW X5 M50d will cost from £63,715 when it goes on sale in November, but with the extensive range of options on offer we doubt a single one will leave a BMW showroom at that price.

Still, the new X5 M50d is a terrific ‘Cake and Eat it” car with great performance when you’re blatting and pleasing economy when you’re not.

By Cars UK