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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.

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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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The 2022 Bentley Bentayga S combines dark exterior accents with new dynamic capability.

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Following a mid-generation facelift, Bentley is upping the ante once again on its popular Bentayga SUV. This time, the change comes in the form of a new model - Bentayga S - that is designed to be the sportiest offering in the crossover's lineup. This is the first time an "S" version of the Bentayga has been offered.

Its sport-tuned abilities come courtesy of standard Bentley Dynamic Ride, an anti-roll technology that plays with the model's 15 percent increase in damping in Sport mode to deliver a more engaging drive mode. The automaker has retuned the brakes for the car. It now lightly brakes the inside rear wheel at corner entry to sharpen the front axle turn-in.

The model continues to have four drive modes (Snow and Wet Grass, Dirt and Gravel, Mud and Trail, and Sand) and continues to be able to ford up to 500 mm of water.

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

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The Bentayga S rides on standard 22-inch wheels in the buyer's choice of one of three finishes while a larger-than-traditional spoiler takes up room out back. Black exterior accents give the Bentley a unique look while a newly designed, free-flowing sports exhaust provides a robust sound out the rear of the car. Gloss black side sills and front and rear lower bumpers work with dark tinted head and taillight lenses, black door mirrors, and black split-oval tailpipes complete the look.

Powering the auto is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that gets 542 brake horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The power plant moves the car from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds with the accelerator at the floor and it has a top speed of 180 mph.

Bentyaga S's cabin has new seats, unique stitching, a fresh color split, and Alcantara upholstery. "S" badging can be found on the passenger fascia, instrument panel graphics, and illuminated treadplates.

Buyers can get the car in a four-, five- or seven-seat configuration. The seats are fluted with stitching contrasting and complementing the hide color.

In front of the driver is a fully digital instrument cluster that was designed to be reminiscent of high-end chronographs. Drivers can customize the look of the display.

Pricing for the model has yet to be released, but is expected to be a premium on the current Bentayga starting MSRP of around $166,000.

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