The new BMW X5 and X6 models have been updated with design revisions and additions to their standard specifications. The latest drive system lineup includes new combustion engines, a latest-generation plug-in hybrid system for the BMW X5 xDrive50e, and 48V mild hybrid technology for all other models.
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The new BMW X5 and X6: Refreshed Design and Advanced Standard Specifications
The BMW X5 has received a refreshed look with the inclusion of xLine design elements as standard. The front end features slim headlights and an illuminated BMW kidney grille. Matrix LED headlights with adaptive control and BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam, plus M Shadowline lights, are on the options list.
The BMW kidney Iconic Glow is also offered as an option for the six-cylinder variants of the new BMW X5. The updated design of the X5 also includes newly designed air breathers, Exterior Line Satin Aluminium trim, roof rails in Satin Aluminium, and sculptural fiber-optic light guide elements for the rear lights and brake lights.
The new BMW X6 has slim headlight units with arrow-shaped daytime driving light elements and the BMW kidney Iconic Glow is available as an option for the six-cylinder models. The M Sport package is now standard in the X6, which includes M-specific side skirts, M High-gloss Shadowline trims, a rear apron with an insert in Dark Shadow, and new trapezoidal-shaped exhaust tailpipe trims.
The M Sport package is available as an option for the new BMW X5. The range-topping BMW X5 M60i xDrive and BMW X6 M60i xDrive models come with exclusive design features such as double bars and an M logo for the BMW kidney grille, M exterior mirror caps in Black high-gloss, and a rear spoiler in Black high-gloss for the BMW X6 M60i xDrive.
The Latest Drive System Lineup: New Combustion Engines and 48V Mild Hybrid Technology
The engines available for the new BMW X5 and X6 include an eight-cylinder petrol engine, a six-cylinder in-line petrol, and a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine – each one being the latest in power units. All the engines are paired with a new eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, which features gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, making the driving experience even more enjoyable.
The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system ensures that the power is transferred to the road or off-road, as required.
The electrification of the engines takes the form of a 48V mild hybrid system, which integrates an electric motor into the transmission. This motor provides an output boost of up to 9 kW/12 hp and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque, contributing to the dynamic and efficient performance of the engine.
For those looking for a greener option, the new BMW X5 xDrive50e is a plug-in hybrid that offers more power, efficiency, and electric range. A latest-generation six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and an electric motor combine to deliver 360 kW/490 hp and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.
The electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and produces 145 kW/197 hp. The high-voltage battery integrated into the underbody area has an increased capacity of 25.7 kWh, and the combined charging unit doubles the maximum AC charging rate to 7.4 kW. The electric range of the BMW X5 xDrive50e is between 94 and 110 km (58 to 68 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
For enthusiasts, the BMW X5 M60i xDrive and new BMW X6 M60i xDrive are powered by a new 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine that produces 390 kW/530 hp and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. The latest version of the eight-cylinder engine accelerates both the X5 and X6 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds.
For those who prefer another petrol engine, the latest-generation 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line petrol engine is available for the BMW X5 xDrive40i and BMW X6 xDrive40i. This engine produces maximum output of 280 kW/380 hp and a peak torque of 520 Nm (383 lb-ft), which can be boosted to 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) with the mild hybrid system.
The engine accelerates both models from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.4 seconds.
Finally, for diesel engine enthusiasts, the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the new BMW X5 xDrive30d and BMW X6 xDrive30d has been improved, offering greater fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.
Digital Technology Upgrades: BMW Operating System 8 and the Latest Generation iDrive
The interior of the new BMW X5 and X6 has been updated with digital technology. The integration of BMW Operating System 8 and the latest generation of the iDrive control/operation system has brought the BMW Curved Display to the Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupé.
The display consists of a 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display, both located behind a single glass surface. The touch control functionality of the display has reduced the number of buttons and switches, bringing a progressive feel to the modern premium ambiance.
In conclusion, the new BMW X5 and X6 models have been updated with design revisions, additions to their standard specifications, and digital technology updates. The M Sport package is now standard in the X6 and available as an option for the X5. The range-topping models come with exclusive design features and the interior has been updated with a modern cockpit design.
Both models will be built at the BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the USA and will launch globally in April 2023.