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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.

Jessica Hawkins, stunt driver, sits behind the wheel of the 2020 Land Rover Defender on the set of 'No Time to Die'.

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When James Bond knocks, you answer. Whether it's Aston Martin or Land Rover, British auto brands have been well represented in the forthcoming James Bond movie "No Time to Die".

The new Land Rover Defender 110 appears alongside Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Ralph Finnes, and Ben Whitshaw. It is featured in a change sequence that showcases the vehicle's prowess in extreme off road conditions. Behind the scenes photos of the action show stunt coordinator Lee Morrison, who has worked on Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones, and James Bond movies, and stunt driver Jessica Hawkins, who competes in the W Series, at work.

The Land Rover Defender 110 driving through thick mud during filming of "No Time to Die."

"Designing and coordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset." said Morrison. "We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements, steep descents and river crossings so we chose the new Defender. I'm beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but much, much better!"

The Defender appears alongside the Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover Series III, and Range Rover Classic as the Bond character, played by Craig, traverses the globe to rescue a kidnapped scientist.

Land Rover's design team worked closely with Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor Chris Corbould to spec the Defender vehicles in the film. They are based on the Defender X model in Santorini Black, with darkened skid pans, 20-inch dark finish wheels, and professional off-road tires. The modes were the first Defender vehicles to be built at Jaguar Land Rover's new production facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

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Land Rover has had a long-standing partnership with EON Productions on the Bond films, going back to 1983 when a Range Rover Convertible appeared in "Octopussy".

The Land Rover Defender 110 featured in "No Time To Die" will be on display for the first time in Los Angeles during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Consumers can see the vehicle at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show between November 20 and December 1, 2019.

"No Time to Die" will be released starting April 2, 2020 in the U.K. and in the U.S on April 10.

The Defender 110 will be priced from $49,900 in the U.S. and will go on sale in the spring.

Kia has introduced a concept car that gives a hint at what future SUV design will look like.

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Kia Motors is giving a hint of its future electric vehicle design with the debut of the Kia Futuron Concept, an all-wheel drive high-riding hatchback that they're calling a "sports car on an SUV platform."

The automaker choose the name of the vehicle because it's a portmanteau of the words future and on. They say that it will help give consumers an idea of what to expect from Kia in the future. Looking closely, it's likely that many hallmarks of this concept car will play out in future Niro designs and in a forthcoming subcompact SUV that is related to the Hyundai Venue.

Kia Futuron Concept side The high-riding coupe has sleek lines and a sophisticated overall aesthetic.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

With the design, Kia is emphasizing elegant proportions rather than funky characteristics like what you'll find in their Soul. Sweeping lines that flow from front to rear are common in modern concept vehicles and this is no exception. Kia's designers were drawn to the 360-degree styling because of its flowing shapes that easily move from the exterior to the interior, expanding and contracting.

The face of the car has a new interpretation of Kia's tiger nose grille, with a wide opening across the front of the car. That grille incorporates LED headlamps with a distinct light signature.

Kia has given the Futuron Concept an all-electric powertrain with all-wheel drive. It has a high-capacity battery (no exact numbers are available) and in-wheel electric motors.

Kia Futuron Concept top roof It features a panoramic glass roof.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The interior of the model features leaned back seats that allows for an "interactive driving experience suitable for urban city environments." The two front seats are made out of flexible materials that offer seating flexibility in the vein fo what first-class passengers would find on an airliner.

Its roof has diamond-shaped panoramic glass. Inside the greenhouse is a network of LiDAR sensors capable of Level 4 autonomous driving features.

Kia Futuron Concept seats Kia has given the SUV unique seating that is meant to provide first-class comfortability.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia touts the car's seamless cockpit area that features the instrument cluster wrapped in harmony with the rest of the car's audio and visual displays and through the steering wheel.