BMW, Lexus Announce Limited Editions of X5, RX Luxury SUVs
It’s no secret that SUVs and crossovers have become bread-and-butter models for most automakers. Even those with relatively conservative model lines have branched out with several different utility models in all shapes and sizes. Nowhere is this more apparent than BMW, whose catalog now includes seven SUV models, and Lexus, whose smaller overall lineup still includes five SUV models.
Further expanding their offerings, BMW and Lexus have announced special-edition upgrades to popular SUV models for the 2022 model year. Lexus introduced a Black Line package for the RX L SUV, and BMW outlined its plans for an X5 Black Vermillion model.
The RX L joined the Lexus SUV lineup in 2017 as the first three-row version of the stalwart RX, which has been on sale since 2000. The 2022 model year brings a unique appearance package to the stretched RX, called the Black Line. As it has with other Lexus models, Black Line adds a blacked-out exterior and interior trim. Specific upgrades include:
- 20-inch black wheels
- Black lug nuts
- Black grille and mirrors
- Blacked-out Lexus and model badging
- Black open-pore wood trim
- Blue stitching on black NuLuxe front seats
- Blue stitching on the console, shift boot, steering wheel, and dash
The 2022 Lexus RX L Black Line is scheduled to hit dealer lots by the end of July 2021. Lexus says that it will carry a starting price of $52,030 for the RX 350L and $55,290 for the hybrid RX 450hL. Prices do not include a $1,025 destination charge.
On the BMW side, the Black Vermillion Edition brings several upgrades to the X5. The package builds on the X5 xDrive40i model, which is the entry-level all-wheel-drive model in the range. Upgrades include:
- 22-inch wheels
- Red BMW kidney grille bars
- Full Merino black leather upholstery with red piping
- M Sport package
- M Sport brakes
- M Sport exhaust
- Harman Kardon sound system
The German automaker says it has also included a few exclusive features with the special edition that are not ordinarily available on the X5. The SUV gets glass controls for the iDrive infotainment system, transmission gear selector, and start/stop button. Elsewhere inside, the package brings an M Alcantara Anthracite headliner and carbon fiber trim.
The South Carolina-built 2022 BMW X5 Black Vermillion will start at $82,300 plus a $995 destination charge. BMW says that production is scheduled to begin between September and December 2021, with deliveries planned later.
BMW and Lexus are the sources of information in this article. It was accurate on July 12, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.