BMW North America has announced that the 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M — a pair of high-powered grocery-getters — are in the pipe for delivery during media days of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show (held from November 18 through 30, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center).
More specifically, look for these two robust sports-activity vehicles to be introduced on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, between 1:10 and 1:35 pm PST at the BMW display booth. English and native Spanish-speaking BMW representatives will be available for interviews throughout the day, as well as on Thursday, November 20. In addition, BMW will feature the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, the plug-in hybrid high-performance BMW i8, all-electric BMW i3, BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe, BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and other BMW vehicles at the BMW booth.
With a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $99,650, for the X5 M, and $103,050 (both including $950 destination and handling charge) for the 2015 X6 M, consumers can expect to find a purpose-built vehicle designed for an exceptional driving experience. The everyday use characteristics, robustness, and agility of the BMW X family will be combined with the high-performance innovation of BMW’s famed M-Series to deliver an all-wheel drive vehicle that raises the bar in terms of acceleration, steering precision, suspension dynamics, and braking performance, while fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions rate significantly lower than previous models.
Both the 2015 X5 and X6 will be equipped with the familiar twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 567-horsepower and 553-pound-feet of torque. That is 53 more foot pounds of torque than last year’s model. Power is transferred to the pavement via an eight-speed all-wheel drive gearbox that uses a multi-plate, torque vectoring clutch that allows 100-percent of power to be transferred between the front and rear wheels. This combination is effective enough to get either SUV from 0 to 60 mph in under 4-seconds, with an electronically controlled top-speed of 155 mph.
A reworked wishbone suspension with stiffer coil springs and a self-leveling air suspension yield a 10 millimeter drop in ride height over standard X-Series vehicles. Specially designed 21-inch wheels with M-Series center caps, wrapped in 285/35ZR21 Pilot Super Sport tires (front) and 325/20ZR21 Pilot Super Sport tires (rear), help these high-flying crossovers hold the road. Dynamic stability control, cornering brake control, dynamic brake control, and hill descent control take the stress out of driving decisions and a heavy-duty Brembo braking system with six-piston (front) calipers and cross drilled and vented rotors bring mom and the kids safely to a stop.
In addition, from the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW will announce a new app integration involving a leading multi-national music and technology company that will enhance the driving experience for BMW drivers. Also, Uwe Higgen, Head of BMW Group Technology Office USA, will participate in a panel discussion entitled “OEMs Speak Out” at the Connected Car Expo at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday, November 18 at 1:45 p.m. The conversation will present leading auto futurists who will describe their vision of what automakers are planning for the short term and distant future as well as what the future of the connected car may hold.
BMW also will participate in the Green & Advanced Technology Ride & Drive event on Thursday, November 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza, with the BMW i3 available for test drives.