This BMW X5 M test mule gives us some cluse as to how the facelift version is going to look

LISTEN 03:23

The current BWM X5 has been in production since 2018 and it seems a refreshed version is coming soon. The fourth generation, with internal designation G05, has been spotted in a new guise, which can mean only one thing – a facelift is coming. Although BMW is working on many new models, most of which electric, it’s also updating its existing lineup and the X5 is the latest model to undergo a revision.

What can we expect?

2022 BMW X5 M Facelift Exterior Spyshots
- image 985922

What we are looking at is the facelifted BMW X5 M. If you know your BMW M-cars, you will notice that this looks a lot like the current X5 M-Competition. However, note that they are only calling it X5 M. Does this mean the next X5 M-Competition will sport an even more aggressive styling, or are they simply using the M-Competition body kit to keep the exterior changes a secret? At this point, it’s too early to tell, but it seems that, as with the recently spotted facelifted versions of the BMW X6 and 3-Series, only the interior is different.

2022 BMW X5 M Facelift Exterior Spyshots
- image 985920

The only visible difference on the outside is the new prototype headlights. Other than that, what we are looking at is essentially the X5 M-Competition exterior treatment, comprising of the more aggressive front fascia. It sports additional small vents, the purpose of which could be to cool the brakes. They are located right under the small air inlets that flank the large central opening on both sides. At the back we see the M-Competition bumper with a well-pronounced diffuser, accommodating quad exhaust tips.

As the official introduction gets nearer, we’ll get to see all of the exterior changes, among which would be new lights, grille, and bumpers.

Interior

2022 BMW iX - Photo Gallery Interior
- image 946960

This is where the majority of visible differences are seen. Although there aren’t many images of the facelifted interior, we see that the 2022 X5 M is going to feature the big center screen we know from the electric BMW iX. The driver tried hiding it, but the thing is just too big to cover up. It seems this, together with curved minimalistic dashboard design will be what the new interior is expected to feature fewer physical buttons, lots of clear surfaces, and optimized interior space. When talking about the BMW iX, Domagoj Dukec said “We designed the iX from the inside out. In the process, we took particular care to create a modern, warm, and minimalist interior design.“ It seems the revised BMW X5 M will be the first model powered by an internal combustion engine to utilize this interior design philosophy.

Conclusion

2022 BMW X5 M Facelift Exterior Spyshots
- image 985917

BMW may have announced the axing of half its internal combustion engines, but they will still offer plenty of non-EV models. The BMW X5 gets a facelift, following other models like the M5 and 8-Series. The Bavarian SUV is a global hit and BMW is going to keep it in the game for as long as possible, before retiring it for good, due to its mass electrification strategy. At least, design-wise, the BMW X5 M will also be one of the models to smoothly transition from ICE powertrains to electricity, as it already features design elements and features, normally found in the brand’s EV lineup. Until BMW eventually kills the X5 M, it will continue to be the capable performance SUV it has always been.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
About the author

Related Articles

2020 BMW X5 M Competition - Driven

2020 BMW X5 M

2019 BMW X5

What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: