BMW has announced that it is extending its X5 range with the addition of the "ever-popular" M Sport derivative.
The new model will be powered by a 4.8-litre engine offering 355hp, with the potential of reaching 62mph from a standstill in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 150mph.
In addition to these performance levels, the engine is also capable of achieving an economy rate of 22.6mpg and emissions of 299g/km â€“ both of which are superior to rival products from Porsche and Audi, BMW claims.
A set of 19-inch light alloy wheels characterises the new model’s exterior, along with aerodynamic body styling and high-gloss roof rails.
Sports seats and a leather steering wheel enhance comfort on the interior and ride quality is also improved with sports suspension.
According to BMW, its X5 range is exceeding initial expectations, with demand meaning that models have been forward sold up to the end of 2007. The three-litre diesel version of the 4×4 has proved the most popular so far, accounting for 90 per cent of orders.