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2011 BMW X5 - Click above for high-res image gallery. Click here to watch video.

Yesterday we learned about the refreshed 2011 BMW X5 which goes on sale right after the New York Auto Show in April. Shortly after yesterday's announcement, BMW dropped over 150 new photos of the X5 on us, along with some video footage of one on the new models running around in the snow in Arjeplog in northern Sweden.

When the updated X5s arrive, the vehicles won't be any lighter, but the base window stickers will. The xDrive35i carries a base price of $46,675 including destination charges. That's almost $1,800 less than a 2010 xDrive30i. We're not sure if the equipment level has changed to achieve that lower price point, but any time you get a price drop it can't hurt. On the other hand, no good deed goes unpunished as the $59,275 twin-turbo V8 powered xDrive50i will cost you about $2,100 more than the starting point for the outgoing xDrive48i model.

Check out the video after the jump along with all the new pics in the gallery.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for posting this, but I really can't get a good idea of what the car looks like from the limited amount of pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK. Am I the only one tired of seeing SUV marketing with the vehicle with snow tires going through 2 inches of powder on a plowed road as a way to demonstrate it's "off-road ability"?

      Show me what it can do busting through unplowed roads with deep drifts and heavy packed snow. Then I'll be impressed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chains? we don't need no stinkin chains
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPJAgkmrGks
        • 5 Years Ago
        Look here Honky, these SUVs are wonderful, they can maneuver Costco parking lots like its nobody's business. Say some poor family on a Civic wants to park right in front of the entrance, just press gas, overtake them and boooooya, that alone justifies the price tag and environmental impact. Every middle aged woman should have one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        did you see the topgear review of the x6? it can't. but that's fatima's point. target audience is soccer mom's who may have to deal with snow a few times a year, and anything with awd (or snow tires) can handle that, though it's a powerful image of security to toss your softroader out in the white scape.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I assume a 5 series 'touring' wagon with xDrive would be WAY more fun and obviously safer than an X5 the way 99% of people might ever drive the X5.

        A 2010 535i xDrive Touring lists for $71,000 in Canada ( $1,000 cheaper than the X5 xDrive48i ). Anyone know of a good comparison of the two?
        • 5 Years Ago
        With chains most of the SUVs will do very well in serious snow. This BMW will not be an exception. At the end you only need good grip. Chains of any sort will drastically improve off road ability in snow or mud.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because thats what the X5 is designed for? Its for soccer mom's in suburbia with some snow on the roads. X5 is not made for off-road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't expect true off roading ability, but it would be nice if the X5 could at least make it into and out of a snowed in parking spot, which it can't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have you ever noticed how BMWs have a huge overhang at the back? Look at this or compare the 5 GT to Audi's sportback. I think the big rump at the back is to add weight and improve the driving dynamics of a RWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a pretty sweet SUV. I like it much better than the Cayenne and others alike. I'm really digging these tubocharged engines from BMW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      great looking ride and just decent video. but when i see snow, i expect some shenanigans!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally a base model that is worthy of BMW's performance positioning. The base model 3.0 with little torque was getting pretty long in the tooth.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Agreed - it is a fine engine. No one is denying that.

        Its the fact that it was over matched for the application - that's what "long in the tooth would imply" wouldn't it??

        In the same way that some old rock bands are long in the tooth for today's young audiences. Not that they are not a fine rock band, its just that they have become irrelevant to performing to the target crowds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would be nice if BMW adds direct injection while keeping Valvetronic.
        255hp is nice, 270hp is better. [the N55 minus turbocharger]

        For the pricetag, it finally has the powertrain to justify its premium positioning.




        • 5 Years Ago
        It wasn't 'long in the tooth', it was overmatched by 1,000 lbs.
        The N52 is a fine engine, even better with a new ZF 8 speed automatic.
        That is perfect for the X3
      • 5 Years Ago
      i have driven my friends X5 with snow tires and we had no problem plowing through 20 cm's of snow. clarkson is an idiot for using 20 inch summer tires. the new xDrive in the X5 M (not sure if it comes in these new X5's) is even better then the xDrive in the X5 I drove. if you think the X series sucks at offroading after watching that top gear episode, think again. try driving one with proper tires and you will be amazed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        95% of anything with all wheel drive and properly equipped tires will go anywhere 95% of people would want to go. if you want to go farther, first thing to add is some skill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that turbocharger is loud.
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