Squint and you can tell what the X5 M might look like.
With the SEMA show set to open this week, we've been seeing lots of accessories being released from American automakers especially. But while the vehicle they're applied to is made right here in America, this is one set we don't much expect to see at the Vegas tuner expo.
It's the fresh range of M Performance Parts released for the new BMW X5, designed to imbue the fourth iteration of the Bavarian crossover with a sportier custom flair – and may very well give us our best idea yet of what the forthcoming X5 M could look like.
The exterior components, to start with, are all made (as you might expect) from carbon fiber, with a glossy finish. The catalog includes new trim pieces for the air intake in the front bumper, along with a new rear diffuser, winglets at both ends, and matching door mirror caps. The quarter-panel trim, meanwhile, is offered in a matte black finish, running between the wheel wells, which can be filled with a choice of fresh 20- or 22-inch alloys, packing upgraded brakes with 19-inch rotors and four-pot calipers finished in red. And there's more options for the interior, too.
Step inside an X5 so equipped and you'll find a new steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, stitched in silver, with a red center marker at 12 o'clock and available in carbon fiber. There's a pair of fabric-covered shift paddles available to replace the metallic ones, along with special floor matts, stainless-steel pedals, and even M Performance logo slides for the LED door projectors. And there's a new Drive Analyser telematics system available as well, should you want to take your crossover to the track – which just goes to show how they think at BMW, no matter what kind of vehicle they're producing.