2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Hot
After a refresh last year, the BMW X5 carries over with minimal changes for 2012. New standard equipment for all trim levels includes roof rails, a power tailgate and a USB port, while all but the xDrive35i also get auto-dimming mirrors and heated front seats. Additionally, the navigation system is now standard on the xDrive50i.
BMW offers a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in nearly every product it sells, from the tiny 135i to the 17-foot long 740Li to the 5000-pound X5 SUV. That’s a dozen different vehicles, all available with the same engine, so when that engine gets replaced, it’s big news. The old twin-turbo 3.0-liter is mostly gone, replaced by a new single-turbo unit typically accompanied by an eight-speed automatic transmission. For details on the N54/N55 swap, read this (or this, or this, or this).