2022 BMW X5 Li

A little extra length, a lot of extra interior comfort

BMW is hard working on a facelift version for the current-generation X5. Prototypes of both, the standard and the M versions were caught testing out in cold weather. But it looks like BMW is not only busy preparing the facelift X5, but also a special version for the Chinese market.

The new BMW X5 Li will be offered in China starting April 2022 and there will be two trims available: X5 xDrive30Li and X5 xDrive40Li.

How is it different from a standard BMW X5?

2022 BMW X5 Li Exterior
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Since we are talking about a model built especially for the Chinese market, the first big difference will be its size. The new x5 LI version is built on a longer wheelbase, extended by 130 millimeters (5.11 inches) compared to the U.S.-built BMW X5 models.

The extra length will enhance seating comfort and legroom for second-row passengers. The rear doors will also be longer so that the rear occupants will be able to get in and out easily.

2022 BMW X5 Li Interior
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Also, the entire interior has been tailored precisely to the requirements of Chinese customers. The seats will offer extra comfort, with four degrees of extra backrest tilt for the rear seats. As standard equipment, the X5 Li will come with:

  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Ambient lighting
  • Bespoke M Aerodynamics package
  • An electroplated finish for selected controls
  • Speakers with perforated metal
  • A newly designed smartphone tray with inductive charging
2022 BMW X5 Li Interior
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The SUV’s chassis was also specially tuned and will be offered with electronically controlled dampers as standard. In the X5 xDrive40Li version, BMW will offer two-axle air suspension with automatic self-leveling as an option.

As for the engine lineup, Chinese customers will have a choice of two engines. The X5 xDrive30Li will be offered with a four-cylinder engine, while the X5 xDrive40Li will feature a six-cylinder twin-turbo gasoline mill. Both models will be offered with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive.

2022 BMW X5 Li Exterior
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The new X5 Li will be built at BMW’s Brilliance Automotive Dadong plant in Shenyang, China, and of course, will be offered exclusively on the Chinese market.

Alina Moore
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