The New BMW X5 M & X6 M Competition.

With extensive modifications in terms of performance, presence and digitalisation.

The drive system upgrades and electrification result in even more responsive power delivery. Fresh design accents emphasise the dynamic and extravagant aura of both models. Digital technology not only optimises control and operation, it also delivers advances in the field of automated driving and parking systems.

The new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition boast a new V8 engine with 48V technology and maximum output of 460 kW/625 hp, exterior design updates and the latest-generation iDrive control/operation system, complete with the BMW Curved Display and BMW Operating System 8.

Exuding exclusivity and a marked increase in presence.

Sporting dominance and an extrovert visual attitude headline the exterior design of the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition. The increased presence is mainly down to the new front-end design. Both models now have new matrix LED headlights with adaptive control and BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam. The BMW kidney grille is now all-black in colour. Horizontal kidney grille bars and enlarged model badging add some eye-catching touches. In addition to this, the BMW kidney grille and central lower air intake now form a single black, x-shaped area.

The side view shines a spotlight on the clear design language of the two models and their distinctive proportions. Their exterior mirror caps and the rear spoiler of the BMW X6 M Competition are also available in carbon as an option. On both models, a prominent diffuser insert extends downwards at the lower edge of the rear apron. It also provides a sophisticated border for the two pairs of twin exhaust tailpipes familiar from other M models. The BMW X5 M Competition now uses x-shaped fibre-optic light guide elements for its rear lights and brake lights, providing another head-turning attraction at the rear end.

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Modern, digital, exclusive: M cockpit with BMW Curved Display.

At the heart of the design updates for the interior of the new BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition is the BMW Curved Display, which gives the M-typical cockpit a modern and exclusive feel. It is formed by a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches, with a single glass surface incorporating both. The control display’s touchscreen enables digital control of numerous functions, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of buttons and controls.

Other new features include the broad interior trim strip in Fineline Black fine wood with high-gloss metal effect, the ambient light bar with effective backlighting and the addition of an M logo to its graphic, plus the M leather steering wheel with its new carbon gearshift paddles. Also to be found on the standard equipment list are M multifunction seats, knee pads, fine-grain Merino full leather trim and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System. The Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and a new Travel & Comfort System are just some of the optional extras available. A wide choice of model-specific BMW M Performance Parts from the Original BMW Accessories range are also available for the exterior and interior.

X5 X6 M Interior

Exuding exclusivity and a marked increase in presence.

The latest generation of drive technology fitted in the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition marks the debut of 48V technology in the brand’s high-performance models. An electric motor integrated in the compact housing of the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission delivers up to 9 kW/12 hp of additional drive power and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque, while also functioning as a crankshaft-mounted starter generator.

The 48V technology joins forces with a new M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. As well as its cross-bank exhaust manifold, the 4.4‑litre unit now also features a reinforced crankshaft drive, further developed turbocharging, a new air intake duct and an optimised oil supply system and oil separation process. It delivers peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) between 1,800 and 5,800 rpm and generates maximum output of 460 kW/625 hp at 6,000 rpm.

The sharper response and high-revving character of the V8 engine, together with the boost provided by the electric motor, take the performance attributes for which M cars are renowned to an even more enthralling level. The new BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition each accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds. The drive system’s more effervescent nature can also be clearly felt when putting in a quick burst of speed. The standard M Sport exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps adds another layer to the performance experience with its exhilarating drive sound. New catalytic converters, meanwhile, do their bit to improve the petrol engine’s emissions performance.

New X5 M

Significantly expanded selection of driver assistance systems.

The M-specific control/operation concept includes the Setup button for direct access to the settings options for the engine, chassis, steering, braking system and M xDrive. The amount of content shown in the displays can also be individually adjusted, as can the level of driver assistance system functionality. After pressing the M Mode button on the centre console, drivers are able to choose between ROAD, SPORT and TRACK settings.

Besides the BMW Curved Display with M-specific readouts, the latest-generation BMW iDrive based on BMW Operating System 8 also brings new digital services to the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition. The standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional also features the BMW head-up display and the cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system complete with Augmented View function. Whenever the vehicle is stationary, the driver and front passenger are able to enjoy streaming content from both YouTube and the Bundesliga in-car app on the control display.

Comfort and safety in the new BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition are further enhanced by a much wider selection of automated driving and parking systems. The standard front collision warning’s range of functions has been extended so that it also now reduces the risk of a collision with cyclists, pedestrians and oncoming traffic when turning off a road. The Lane Departure Warning function has been upgraded with the addition of lane return with steering assistance.

New X6 M