The X5 midsize SUV was the best-selling BMW in 2022 and now gets a host of updates for the 2024 model year, with redesigned front and rear ends, a more modern interior with a curved digital display, and a more powerful engine. inline six-cylinder engine. A fashion-conscious, niche alternative to the X5, the sloping-roof X6 benefits from the same upgrades as its smarter sibling, including a 48-volt hybrid system that improves the efficiency of the V-8 and six-engines. cylinders online. .
We were sure the 2024 BMW X5 and X6 would get the X7’s controversial split-headlamp design, but BMW seems to have changed course, opting for a more conventional look. Slimmer one-piece headlamps sit on either side of a revised kidney grille that looks relatively small next to the flared nostrils of the M3 or the huge shield of the i7. The X5’s wider rectangular lower air intake is interspersed with vertical vents that draw air around the fenders, increasing efficiency and giving the SUV a planted look. The X5’s taillights feature a more complex design and the X5 now offers an illuminated grille on the 40i and 50e models.
An optional M Sport package on the X5 adds a sportier look with more black accents and an octagonal black lower bumper. This package is standard on the X6, and upgrading to the M60i models on both SUVs brings unique details like quad tailpipes, black trim, and a small rear spoiler to the X6.
Inside, the dash looks more chiseled, with slimmer air vents and a stripped-down center console that ditches the traditional gearshift for a small toggle switch. Above the dash is BMW’s new curved display that includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen on a long piece of glass, running the latest version of BMW’s iDrive operating system. . A new ambient light bar shines in front of the passenger seat, and BMW also added a puddle light and pulsating welcome lights in the door opening for a bit of pizzazz as you enter the vehicles. The seats are now wrapped in a vegan leather-like material called Sensafin.
The biggest news is more power for all of the X5 and X6’s powertrain options. The base 40i gets a new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine with increased power and torque for new totals of 375 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 in M60i models is a new unit but makes the same 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque as the previous V-8-powered M50i. Both engines have 48-volt hybrid systems with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmissions. xDrive all-wheel drive remains standard on all but the base sDrive40i model of the X5, which is rear-wheel drive.
BMW also updated the X5’s plug-in hybrid model to produce more power and offer a longer electric range. It’s now called the xDrive50e, compared to last year’s xDrive45e, and it has a total output of 483 hp, almost 100 hp more than before. This is thanks to a revised turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline engine that now uses the Miller cycle and a significantly more powerful electric motor. The battery now offers 25.7 kWh of usable capacity, and BMW estimates the X5 Hybrid will have an EPA range figure of around 40 miles, up from 31 miles previously.
M adaptive suspension with adjustable dampers comes standard on X6 and X5 M60i models, and is optional on X5 40i variants. Meanwhile, the xDrive50e comes standard with air suspension that’s optional on other models. M60i models come standard with rear-wheel steer, and all X5 and X6 come with 20-inch wheels, with the option to upgrade to 21- or 22-inch wheels with performance tires. There is also a new optional Highway Assist feature that allows hands-free driving on motorways, as long as the driver is concentrating on the road and the cars around them.