BMW South Africa confirmed that it will be launching a petrol engine for the X5 and X7 SUV range. The German carmaker also confirmed pricing for the 2 SUVs when they touchdown in October 2019.
As you read this, the only engines available for the X5 and soon-to-be-launched X7 are a brace of diesels. While both the 30d and M50d powerplants are impressive in their own right, petrol fans can claim to be left out. However, BMW SA has announced the arrival of an M50i petrol engine, which will be made available for both the X5 and X7 later this year.
The BMW M50i engine is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8, which produces a stonking 390 kW and 750 Nm. Despite their large size, both the X5 M50i and X7 M50i are brisk off-the-line performers with claims of 4.3 and 4.7 seconds respectively. Both vehicles feature BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive, 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission and M sports differential. In terms of economy, the X5 M50i is said to consume 10.7 L/100 km, while its bigger X7 sibling is a touch thirstier at 11.1 L/100 km
We'll have final specification and details when the vehicles arrive late in 2019.
BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i Price in South Africa
BMW X5 M50i R1 511 689.50 (Pricing includes CO2 tax of R 18,089,50 and 15% VAT).
BMW X7 M50i R1 871 542.50 (Pricing includes CO2 tax of R 18,342.50 and 15% VAT).