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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 BMW X5 M

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/1/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Carrying 567 hp and the well-respected M name, the BMW X5 M should look the part of a high-performance vehicle. Many argued this wasn't the case with the previous generation, which perhaps looks just a little too similar to the traditional X5. Will the redesigned 2015 model remedy this issue? Take a look below to see how the new 2015 BMW X5 M compares visually to the outgoing model.

You can tell BMW made big changes just by looking at the new snout. The X5 M now has a more prominent kidney grille with the M double-bar look. The new model's lighting includes brilliant foglamps as well as headlights borrowed from the sporty X6 coupe utility vehicle. Large air intakes in the lower grille form a trapezoidal shape that gives off a bolder vibe. Overall, the front end provides a hint of muscularity that continues through the rest of the body.

From the side, the X5 now features unique styling cues that separate it from the standard X5. Two strong character lines run across the entire vehicle. Boomerang-shaped air vents located behind the front wheels add style and function. Look closely and you can see chrome trim and M badging here.

2015 BMW X5 M© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 BMW X5 M

Peeking inside the vehicle reveals an elegant and functional interior. Frankly, this has always been one of the X5 M's strong points. The interior continues to offer high-quality materials and M-badging in every nook and cranny. However, the 2015 model features a newly designed ergonomically optimized M leather steering wheel to enhance performance and comfort.

So do you love it or hate it? Tell us what you think about the 2015 X5 M's new look below.

Last week, we featured the ultra-limited Aston Martin Lagonda that will only be offered in the Middle East. After reviewing the comments, most seemed to embrace the sedan's avant-garde styling. Stephen Jones wrote, "Very refreshing. Looks like a true competitor for Mulsanne and Phantom." CarNut2014 echoed those sentiments, saying "Truly gorgeous update and tribute to what was a shockingly striking sedan back in the '80s." But not everyone agreed. One commenter on the other side of the fence was Noel Malave, who wrote that the car is "not particularly attractive yet it gets your attention in a special way."


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