In the U.S., the diesel-powered xDrive35d remains unchanged in power (265-hp and 425 lb-ft of torque), price ($52,175), and fuel economy (EPA rated 19/26 city/hwy mpg).

The 2011 BMW X5 wears a new fascia with headlights and fog lights that sit higher and closer to the grille. BMW has exaggerated the air inlets and increased the number of painted material, giving the maw a lower, more aggressive appearance. A matte-finished silver protection plate highlights the lowest portion of the bumper. Out back, designers aimed to emphasize width with parallel horizontal lines, while the bodywork surrounding the exhaust pipes is painted. Color additions include Deep Sea Blue, Platinum Grey, and Sparkling Bronze.

Standard amenities on the xDrive35i, meanwhile, include xenon adaptive headlights, automatic headlights, rain sensors, HD Radio, automatic climate control, fog lights, 18-in wheels, cruise control, and anti-theft alarm system. An optional convenience package adds a panoramic moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, ambiance lighting, Bluetooth, and your choice of three wood interior trims. Navigation, window shades, satellite radio, and a USB adapter are standalone options.

A Premium trim, for $52,475, offers 19-in wheels, roof rails, panoramic moonroof, power adjustable steering column, USB adapter interface, and privacy glass. Opting for Premium also opens up four packages, which include ventilated seats, Convenience Package, Cold Weather Package, and Technology Package. The $54,975 Sport Activity option boasts 20-in wheels, sport seats, Shadowline exterior trim, and Anthracite headliner. Above that, an M Sport option adds performance tires, Adaptive Drive, aluminum roof rails, aerodynamic trimmings, an increased top speed (to 150 mph), and M logos for the sill plates, driver footrest, and steering wheel.

The 2011 BMW X5 makes its debut at the New York auto show in April.