BMW will not release the M5, X5 or X6 in the USA

BMW have confirmed that some of the best models in which the company has to offer will not make it’s way over to North America,

The vehicles in questions are the M550d xDrive Sedan, the M550d xDrive Touring, X5 M50d and the X6 M50d. All of them have a brand new 3.0 litre triple turbo diesel I-6 engine under the bonnet. It’s a very sophisticated engine that uses common rail direct injection combined with piezo injectors.

What they will miss – Efficient dynamics

Efficient Dynamics is now instilled in to every M model as part of BMW’s new campaign. This includes an Eco Pro driving mode along with start stop functionality.

Gearbox

 Every car with x Drive all wheel drive system integrated only have an eight speed automatic transmission gear box, with no other choices working with the technology at present.

Self levelling rear air suspension

The BMW M550d xDrive Touring along with the BMW X5 M50d receives a new self levelling rear air suspension.

Exterior

On the outside, the BMW M models have been upgraded to look slightly more modern. The car’s come with specially selected 19 or 20 inch wheels too.

Suspension

Advanced suspension, springs and dampers are installed within all diesel models which hold the M badge.

Performance

The BMW M550d xDrive is able to run from 0 – 62 MPH in only 4.7 seconds, quite an impressive figure. The combined fuel economy according to EU Cycle testing is 37 MPG.

The BMW M550d Touring can reach 0 – 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. In the BMW X50d, the acceleration is also quite impressive with the car reaching 0 – 62 MPH in only 5.4 seconds with the BMW X6 M50d doing one better reaching 0 – 62 MPH in 5.3 seconds. Every model is electronically limited to 155 MPH.

This will come across as very disappointing new for North America. They would have been hoping to receive such vehicle of high prestige and value. BMW recently won the battle of the luxury car manufacturers to reach number one in the sales charts, narrowly beating Mercedes-Benz. With that particular segment of the market expected to boom next year, will BMW regret their decision?