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BMW adds 600-horsepower X5 and X6 M Sport variants to 2020 lineup

If you're in the market for a family-friendly SUV with 600 horsepower, BMW has two new models you should look at.

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The BMW X5 and X6 are getting spunkier. The German automaker is adding M Sport models of each to its 2020 lineup, giving buyers more performance-focused SUVs to test drive. There are four new flavors: X5 M, X6 M, X5 M Competition, and X6 M Competition.

Performance

With the robust twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine under their hood, the BMW X5 M and X6 M achieve 600 horsepower. Bump up to the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition models and get access to 617 horsepower. Both SUVs get 553 pound-feet of torque and are equipped with the M xDrive all-wheel drive system with Active M differential.

2020 BMW X5 M 2020 BMW X6 M engine This engine generates over 600 horsepower in the 2020 BMW X5 M and 2020 BMW X6 M SUVs.Photo courtesy of BMW

It gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds (Competition models are one-tenth of a second faster). Top speed is limited to 155 mph but can be increased to 177 mph with the optional M Driver's Package. The M Driver's Package also includes an invitation to partake in driver training at one of BMW's Performance Center driving schools in the U.S.

The Adaptive M suspension Professional with Active Roll Stabilization is standard on all models. Drivers can choose from Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus drive modes. Two different speed-sensitive M Servotronic steering settings are available, one tuned for comfort and one for sport.

BMW X6 M shifter red drive modes BMW has added red accents to the interior of the M Sport models.Photo courtesy of BMW

All models get BMW's new compact module braking system that allows for two different pedal feel options: comfort and sport. The compound brakes are drilled and vented 395 mm front disks with fixed six-piston calipers and 380 mm rear disks with single-piston floating calipers.

2020 BMW X6 M exterior front face The BMW X6 M has its own unique styling, and its performance can be upped when buyers opt for the X6 M Competition model.Photo courtesy of BMW

X5 M and X6 M models come standard with 21-inch M light-alloy double-spoke bi-color wheels. They run on 295/35ZR21 front and 315/35ZR21 rear non run-flat performance tires. Those models are available with staggered 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheel/tire combination that features M star-spoke bi-color wheels.

Competition models get that staggered wheel set-up standard, but with different wheel designs. Staggered wheel set-ups come with non run-flat performance tires sized 295/35ZR21 front and 315/30ZR22 rear.

A space-saver spare tire is located at the rear of the vehicle but it can be replaced by a mobility kit upon buyer request.

Exterior

The new X5 M, X6 M and Competition models feature large front bumper intake openings that help move additional air into the SUVs' coolers, which is needed with the larger engine. They all have M specific BMW kidney grilles with black double-bars, M gills on the front fenders, side mirrors, flared body-color wheel arches, and a rear diffuser with integrated quad exhaust. Competition models add their own unique kidney grille surrounds, exterior mirrors caps, model badging, rear diffuser, and black-finished tailpipes.

2020 BMW X5 M exterior rear back The BMW X5 M has unique wheels and many traditional M Sport design accents.Photo courtesy of BMW

X5 M and X5 M Competition models have a rear roof spoiler. X6 M and X6 Competition have a roof and lower tailgate spoiler.

The SUVs are available in the buyer's choice of 10 paint jobs: Alpine White, Carbon Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Marina Bay Blue Metallic, Donnington Grey Metallic, Manhattan Green Metallic, Tornado Red Metallic, Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, and Ametrin Metallic.

Interior

The M control buttons, M leather steering wheel, and M leather gearshift level all get splashes of red. Red, blue, and white BMW M color stitching is on the steering wheel and gearshift lever. The center console of both Competition models has extra padding.

The passenger cabin of the X5 M, X6 M and Competition models have been enhanced with unique features to set them apart in both comfort and exclusivity. Splashes of red color adorn the M control buttons on the center console, on the M Leather steering wheel and on the M Leather gearshift lever. Additionally, Red, Blue and White BMW M color stitching is visible on the steering wheel and gearshift lever. The center console on the X6 M Competition and X5 M Competition features additional knee padding on the sides.

2020 BMW X5 M interior brown cabin inside The interior of the models is the height in BMW opulence.Photo courtesy of BMW

Specialized M multifunction seats have electric adjustments for fore/aft position, head restraint height, thigh support, backrest width and angle plus pneumatic lumbar support.

A Black Extended Merino Leather interior is standard in X5 M and X6 M models Competition models come with the buyer's choice of full Merino leather color options: Silverstone, Sakhir Orange/Black, Adelaide Grey, Taruma Brown, Black, or Ivory White/Night Blue. A color-matched Alcantara headliner is standard. Competition models can also include the no-cost choice of a Black Full Merino leather interior with Midrand Beige Alcantara cloth.

2020 BMW X6 M interior black cabin inside A black interior is standard, but buyers have more options when they move up to the M Competition models.Photo courtesy of BMW

The driver's information and head up display is customizable for either road, sport, or track. The track setting is only for Competition models, and designed only to be used on closed circuits. M View features a rev counter in the center of the head up display with shift lights and the ability to house two widgets. These widget areas can display G-Meter, Tire Pressure and Temperature or Engine Coolant Temperature and Boost Pressure.

Both models will go on sale soon. Pricing will be announced closer to their on-sale date. Expect the X5 M to go for near $90,000 and the X6 to top $100,000.

Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Hollywood on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with the premiere of "Anthem," a short film he directed.

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We've seen the redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. Now, it's natural the redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade's turn. On Tuesday, February 4 Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the model at the premiere of his new film "Anthem".

What ties the two together? According to Cadillac, "Filmed with Lee's signature Double-Dolly technique, which heightens the sense of motion to draw viewers closer to the character, the film captures the presence, innovation and movement of the next-generation Escalade, with reverence for its more than two decades as a cultural icon."

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Escalade will feature industry-fast OLED screen technology.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

"As one of the greatest storytellers and most creative filmmakers of his time, Spike Lee's unique perspective is the perfect conduit for sharing the passion and spirit of the 2021 Escalade," said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. "It is an icon reimagined."

Along with bold new styling, the 2021 Escalade will feature industry-first curved OLED screen technology. It is likely that the vehicle will be for sale via Cadillac's new virtual car shopping experience, Cadillac Live.

The 2021 model will be the first in the fifth-generation of the Escalade.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was originally slated to make its way to the U.S. early this year.

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Manager Magazin is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is cutting production plans for its EQC electric SUV by half. The German magazine cites a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem. The South Korean battery maker is in the midst of acquiring a Quebec lithium mine from Nemaska Lithium Inc. That timeline is taking longer than expected.

Mercedes had originally planned on producing 60,000 EQC models in 2020 but is now planning on producing 30,000. The shift comes as Audi is adjusting from stumbling out of the blocks with an EQC competitor, the Audi e-Tron.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC has a 80 kWh lithium ion battery. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In 2019, Mercedes had planned on selling 25,000 EQC but was only able to get 7,000 sales on the books allegedly because of the same problem.

Daimler is pushing back on the report saying that it will be producing 50,00 EQC models this year, which is still down from the 60,000 originally projected but not as few as the initial report indicated.

The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80 percent at a 110 kW DC charging station.

Mercedes has debuted the launch date of the model in the U.S. until 2021 after originally planning on having it arrive stateside in early 2020.

The EQ family of vehicles will include additional electric models in the coming years.