The 2023 BMW X5 and X6 Are Going to be Epic
The 2023 facelift for the BMW X5 and X6 is going to be huge in several waysby Robert Moore, on
It hasn’t been that long since I told you that the BMW X5 M and X6 M were going to change dramatically with the 2023 facelift. Now, a new report from BMW Blog that also cites company insiders say that it’s the entire X5 and X6 lineup that’s going to go through drastic changes in 2023, and we have the dirty details, the most important of which is some serious performance enhancement.
2023 BMW X5 and X6 – What You Need to Know
The lifecycle impulse for the X5 and X6 that’s due in 2023 will do more than push the M models over the top. According to this new report, the base model X5 xDrive40i will see a power increase to 370 horsepower – a figure that will make it a class leader in power output at the entry-level. The X5 xDrive45e will be bumped up to 480 horsepower, thanks to the hybrid drivetrain from the next-gen 7 Series Hybrid. The transition to the hybrid drive from the 7 Series should also come with an increase in usable electric range that will take the updated model beyond the already decent 31 miles of range available today.
What’s even more interesting, however, is that BMW is supposedly dropping the M50i designation to make way for the all-new M60i. This model will come with a completely different engine, too, which is supposedly the same S68 that will be found in the next-gen M5, X5 M and X6 M. This would, quite literally, be the first time in a long time that an S-Series engine will land in a non-M model as they are usually reserved for full-blown M models.
Before you get too excited about the switch to the S68, however, you should know that the X5 and X6 M60i probably won’t come with any power increase. They are said to deliver the same power output of 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. BMW has to leave room for the full-blown M models, after all. The new hybrid system is said to “increase actual real-life performance,” but whatever that means is still a mystery. One would assume it means that there will be improved acceleration thanks to a temporary boost provided by the electric motor. Either way, the updated X5 and X6 will be more exciting than ever.
The X5 and X6 LCI isn’t just about power output, either. Apparently, the M Sport package will come as standard equipment on the X6, while the X5 will finally get the illuminated kidney grille. The ambient air system from the 7 Series should be offered in both models, and there will be acoustic glass, only this time it’ll be sold under the name “acoustic glazing.” BMW is also planning to include its newly evolved driver assistance technology, aka “Motorway Assistant.” The bad news is that BMW will apparently be moving the X5 and X6 a little further upmarket, which means the pricing will also move upmarket.
On a side note, I guess if Alfa Romeo really wants to take on the X5 and X6, it’s going to have its work cut out for it, don’t you think?
Source: BMW Blog