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BMW Malaysia has announced the arrival of a new version of its E70 BMW X5 – the Performance Edition, as it’s called, adds dress-up items as well as a power increase to the 5+2-seater SUV. The revised X5 variant arrives in the showrooms on March 30 2013.

Heading things is a BMW M Aerodynamics package, with new front and rear bumpers as well as 20-inch M double-spoke alloys on the kit list. Also on, BMW Individual roof rails, with different trim available to match the two external colours available for the car – high-gloss shadow line on Alpine White and aluminium satinated on Carbon Black.

Inside, X5 Performance Edition gets a M Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddes and BMW Individual Piano Black interior trim, and the equipment/features list contains the usual assortment of stuff – Active Steering, Head-up Display, rear-view camera with Top View display and a BMW Navigation System Professional system, among others.

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Elsewhere, the vehicle gets the upgraded N55B30 as seen in the F12 640i – the BMW TwinPower Turbo inline six cylinder has an output of 315 hp at 5,800 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,300-4,500 rpm, an increase of 13 hp and 50 Nm from before. Performance figures include a 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.6 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds compared to the BMW X5 xDrive35i.

The retail price for the new BMW X5 Performance Edition is RM588,800, on-the-road, without insurance, complete with the three-year or 60,000 km BMW Service Inclusive + Repair programme.