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2012 BMW X5, X6 M50d tri-turbo now on sale in Australia

June 27, 2012

BMW has announced a mid-life update for the 2012 BMW X6, and has launched the BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d tri-turbo-diesel M Performance models in Australia.

Starting with the new M Performance range, the M50d models come with a 3.0-litre triple-turbo-diesel straight-six engine producing 280kW and a whopping 740Nm of torque.

In the X6, the engine enables 0-100km/h sprints in just 5.3 seconds, while fuel economy remains relatively low with a combined cycle rating of 7.7L/100km.

Like other M cars, the BMW X6 M50d comes with plenty of high performance features. Behind the 20-inch alloy wheels sit 385mm front discs and 345mm rear discs, suspended by sports suspension. The M50d models also come with a discreet bodykit with aggressive air intakes in the front end.

As for the 2012 BMW X6 update, the X6 sees very mild styling tweaks, as well as the introduction of three new paint colours; Marrakesh Brown metallic, Orion Silver metallic and Midnight Blue metallic.

The range is available in two turbo-diesel forms, the xDrive30d with a 3.0-litre straight six producing 180kW and 540Nm, and the xDrive40d with a boosted version of the same engine producing 225kW and 600Nm. The xDrive30d covers 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds and offers a combined fuel economy rating of 7.4L/100km, while the xDrive40d covers 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds and offers a fuel economy rating of 7.5L/100km.

For the petrol lineup, the range starts with the xDrive35i featuring a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six producing 225kW and 400Nm, followed by the xDrive50i producing 300kW and 600Nm. The xDrive35i covers 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds and offers a combined fuel economy rating of 10.1L/100km, while the xDrive50i covers 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and offers a fuel economy rating of 12.5L/100km.

All the six-cylinder variants come with 19-inch alloy wheels while the X6 xDrive50i comes with 20-inch alloys. An M Sport Plus package is also on offer, bringing adaptive LED headlamps, black surrounds for the fog lights, and M door sill plates.

Inside, the M Sport comes with M Alcantara/Nappa leather trim, an M leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, a set of stainless steel pedals, and Aluminium Flywheel black inserts with BMW Individual roof liner in anthracite.

Prices for the new range is as follows (excluding on-road costs):

2012 BMW X6 xDrive30d – $110,900
2012 BMW X6 xDrive35i – $121,000
2012 BMW X6 xDrive40d – $127,400
2012 BMW X6 xDrive50i – $150,400
2012 BMW X6 M50d – $157,000
2012 BMW X6 M – $190,900

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.