BMW has just globally revealed the New 2023 versions of the X5 and X6 SUVs. The updated models get a refreshed exterior design, upgraded interior with added features, and changes to the powertrain lineup. We take a closer look at both these SUVs.
BMW X5, X6 Facelifts: Exterior Design and Interior Changes
Visually, BMW X5 and X6 Facelifts get a slightly different front end with an updated bumper, slimmer headlights and an optional illuminated grille. Further the X5 now provides the xLine design elements as standard, while the X6 offers M sport exterior package.
Moving inside, the updated SUVs get a new curved digital panel, a refreshed dashboard layout, touch controls for the climate control alongside BMW’s latest iDrive 8.0 for the 14.9-inch infotainment screen and 12.3-inch instrument cluster. The upgraded X5 and X6 also get the automaker’s Live Cockpit Plus system that offers cloud-based map navigation. Optional features include a HUD with augmented reality support, glass applications for controls, a panoramic sunroof with LED illumination, and an audio setup from Bowers and Wilkins.
2023 BMW X5, X6 Facelifts: Powertrain Details
The German automaker has given the New X5 and X6 an updated range of petrol, diesel, and hybrid powertrain options. All models will be offered with an 8-speed automatic and BMW’s xDrive AWD system as standard.
After subtle tweaks, the 3-litre turbo-petrol motor on the X5 xDrive50i and X6 xDrive40i is said to produce a maximum power output of 380 bhp with 520 Nm of peak torque while the 3-litre turbo diesel is good for developing 298 bhp with 670 Nm of torque. Furthermore, all the iterations of the X5 and X6 feature a 48V battery that adds 12 bhp with 200 Nm torque.
As for the strong-hybrid X5 xDrive 50i, it too has received an update. The 3-litre turbo-petrol engine combined with the electric motor now makes 490 bhp with 700 of peak torque. The battery capacity in the four-wheeler has been increased to 25.7 kWhc helping the SUV to offer an all-electric range of 110 kms.
BMW X5, X6 Facelifts: Launch and Rivals in India
The updated BMW X5 and X6 are already on sale in a few markets globally. In India, expect the SUVs to arrive by the end of 2023 or early 2024.
Upon launch, the SUVs will compete against the likes of the recently updated Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLE Coupe, Audi Q7, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Volvo XC90.