The new second generation E70 BMW X5 finally gets BMW’s award-winning twin turbodiesel 3.0 litre engine, making it the BMW X5 3.0sd the second and most powerful diesel variant positioned above the X5 3.0d. Diesel engine options account for more than 90% of the BMW X5’s sales in the UK, and from what I’ve gathered during my test in Athens, the oil burner engines are the way to go for the heavy X5.

BMW’s twin turbodiesel 3.0 litre engine makes 286bhp and has a peak torque of 580Nm over a flat curve – an engine that keeps pulling and pulling and pulling until it is time to shift to the next ratio. It uses a sequential turbocharger setup, with one smaller turbo that spools up quickly and provides max boost and torque at lower RPM, while another larger one handles the mid to high revs. Combined, it feeds 2.85 bar of boost pressure. It is mated to a 6-speed auto in the X5.

The new BMW X5 3.0sd comes with either a standard kit or with an M Sport kit, which features 19 inch M V-spoke wheels, M Aerodynamic bodystyling, M leather steering wheel, M sports suspension, sports seats, Nevada leather upholstery, Anthracite headlining and a brushed aluminium interior trim.

No news of whether the BMW X5 3.0sd will be available in Malaysia or not. We already have the 3.0si, 3.0d and the 4.8i on sale, but then again thanks to our diesel quality the 3.0 litre twin turbodiesel has yet to appear in any of the BMW cars on sale in Malaysia.

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