The BMW X5 and X6 in their current F15 and F16 iterations have been around for a few years, and development for the next generation sports activity vehicle (SAV) is well underway. Before the current duo gets replaced, BMW has unveiled the X5 Special Edition and the X6 M Sport Edition.

First off, the X5 Special Edition combines the M Sport package with Dakota leather trim for the interior, which includes heated seats for the driver and front passenger. Black and anthracite Alcantara and leather combination upholstery with M badging can be specified on the seat leather at no additional cost, while BMW Individual extended leather Merino upholstery can be optioned in five different colours.

Additional kit for the X5 Special Edition includes sun protection (i.e. privacy) glass and the fully digital multifunction instrument display, except on the xDrive40e iPerformance model. All variants except the X5 M50d can be specified in Special Edition guise; the car seen here is the X5 xDrive50i denoted by its rectangular exhaust tips.

Onwards to the X6, which here is kitted as the M Sport Edition. Distinguishing this Edition from the ‘regular’ M Sport trim are items such as carbon fibre interior strips and the Long Beach Blue metallic exterior paint finish; alternative paint finishes include Carbon Black and Mineral White.

Rolling stock on the X6 M Sport Edition comprises 20-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels with mixed-size runflat tyres mounted, while optional 21-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels can be specified as an option, also mounted with runflat tyres. As with the X5 above, pictured here is the xDrive50i version – all variants of the X6 can be had as the M Sport Edition, save for the X6 M50d.