The M Sport package comes as standard for both models.
Both the X5 and X6 represent BMW's largest SUVs in the Bavarian automaker's line-up – at least until the three-row X7 Range Rover rival goes on sale in 2018. Every so often, BMW launches new special edition variants of the long-running X5 and X6 while we wait for the new next-generation X5 to arrive. This latest pair of special edition SUVs come with extra equipment and sporty upgrades that are usually available only as options extras, as well as several exclusive features.
Starting with the imaginatively named BMW X5 Special Edition, the M Sport package now comes as standard in the premium SUV along with a plush Dakota leather trim that includes heated front seats. If that doesn't appeal, buyers can also opt for the Alcantara/leather combo which is finished in anthracite/black adorned with M badging at no extra cost. For those that want to further personalize the X5 Special Edition, BMW is also offering the extended Merino leather upholstery from its Individual range in five different colors. To further tempt you, the BMW X5 Special Edition also includes tinted windows and a Multifunctional Instrument Display.
Every X5 is available in the new Special Edition guise, with the exception of the X5 M50d. As for its X6 sibling, the new Sport Edition also includes the M Sport Package as standard. To make it stand out from the regular X6, the Sport Edition's exterior is finished in exclusive Long Beach Blue metallic paint, or customers can have the sporty SUV painted in Carbon Black and Mineral White. Additionally, the special edition X6 rides on a set of 20-inch M light-alloys exclusive to the Sport Edition, or you can opt for a larger 21-inch set instead. The interior has also been upgraded with carbon fiber trim strips exclusive to the X6 Sport Edition.
Apart from the X6 M50d, the Sport Edition is available for the entire X6 range. No word on a US release yet, but both the X5 Special Edition and X6 Sport Edition are slated to launch in Europe this December.