BMW is super busy with its SUV lineup these days. The company is launching the new X4 and X5 on different markets, and soon they will be joined by the X7 range-topped. Meanwhile, work on new products continues and we’ve seen the next-generation X6 and the new X5 M out testing. Until the latter arrives on the market, the most powerful X5 will be the M50i seen in the attached gallery below.
Gallery: 2019 BMW X5 M50i photos by Motor1.com reader
If you are confused by the M50i designation, it will replace the current xDrive50i for the 2019 model year. The new badge will bring the new generation of BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that debuted with the M850i. The new motor will come with a healthy power boost which should give the X5 a peak output of 530 bhp and 553 pound-feet of torque.
These photos, coming from Motor1.com reader Albert_Mzr, confirm BMW is putting the finishing touches on the new version which should go on sale in the United States in just a couple of months from now. If you want a V8-powered X5 today, you’ll be offered the xDrive50i with 456 bhp. Customers in Europe can also opt for another M50-badged version, the M50d, powered by a 3.0-litre diesel with 394 bhp at 4,400 rpm and 560 lb-ft of torque.
The new 4.4-litre V8 will also find its place under the bonnet of the new X6 which is expected to arrive in the middle of 2019. The vehicle with internal code G06 should offer the same output as the X5, which also means it will be sold in 40i and 50d variants, depending on the market.
Special thank to Motor1.com reader Albert_Mzr for the photos!