Barring a few exceptions, carmakers from around the world are currently engaged in a race to bring as many SUVs to the market as possible. And while certain players are late to the game, BMW is one of the brands that have built the foundation of the high-riding phenomenon, with the X5 kicking off the ‘sport’ in the SUV nearly two decades ago.
Having introduced an all-new generation of the X5, BMW is now working on a high performance M version of the SUV. A prototype of the 2019 X5 M has been spied completing the final stages of testing in Sweden and the rumour mill talks about a summer debut for the upcoming model.
The M version of the new X5 will make use of the evolutionary twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, delivering around 600bhp. With the M5 super-sedan introducing the M xDrive AWD hardware, which includes a rear-only driving mode dedicated to drifting aficionados, we expect the all-wheel-drive system of the 2019 X5 M to be fairly competent.