2021 BMW X5 Changes, Hybrid, Xdrive45e

One of the most popular mid-size luxury crossovers and also one of the most important models for the Bavarian carmaker probably won’t feature bigger changes for the next year. The 2021 BMW X5 is about to continue in the same way, which seems natural, considering that the current generation has been introduced just a year ago. A mid-cycle refresh is expected for the 2022 model year, while the best we could see from the next-year model are new color options and wheels.

The X5 is a well-rounded machine, strong in old fields. An excellent engine lineup has been fulfilled recently with the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e, and now you can pick pretty much everything from a classic BMW straight-six to monstrous M-badged model with 600 horses. Other than that, the X5 offers great handling, solid and spacious interior, as well as an optional third row. There is no reason to ask for more at the moment.

2021 BMW X5

2021 BMW X5 Redesign

In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 BMW X5 will continue in the same way as the model that has been launched in 2018. The new generation has brought a couple of interesting changes. First of all, there is a new platform, called CLAR, which improves efficiency but, more importantly, also provides a better driving experience. In terms of the styling, we didn’t see any surprise and that will remain for the next year as well. The new model came with evolutionary changes and just a tweaked version of the famous kidney grille, which is now even bigger and bolder.

The next year shouldn’t bring any particular change. As we already mentioned, a mid-cycle refresh isn’t expected before the 2022 model year. Therefore, the only thing we might see is the addition of new color options and new wheels designs. Other than that, things are about to remain the same.


When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect to see bigger changes either. The 2021 BMW X5 continues to deliver a spacious and well-built cabin as before. That means you can count on two quite spacious and comfortable seats. The third row is optional but doesn’t count on some particular comfort here. This crossover features around 117 inches in wheelbase, which is pretty typical for the class, so the third row is also typically tight for the segment of mid-size crossovers. On the other side, the cargo area is actually quite spacious. You may count on about 34 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall cargo volume goes over 72 cubic feet.

BMW X5 Interior

When it comes to the dashboard design and overall interior quality, things are okay. Materials are fine, but many competitors, including biggest rivals Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, look far more luxurious from the inside.


When it comes to standard equipment, there is always room for yearly updates that bring some novelties. Currently, the base model comes standard with things like a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, push-button start, automatic climate control, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a panoramic moonroof. In higher trims, you can also get things like remote start, quad-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, rear-seat touchscreens and all kinds of premium audio systems.

When it comes to safety features, the list of standard equipment includes systems like rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert. Additionally, you can also get things like adaptive cruise control, lane keeps assist, a semi-autonomous traffic jam assist, a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel park assist, a night vision camera etc.

2021 BMW X5 Engines

When it comes to the powertrain lineup, you may count on a pretty wide offer. As we already mentioned, you may count on the new BMW X5 Hybrid 2021, which combines a six-cylinder engine with an 82-kW electric motor for a max output of nearly 400 horsepower. This version also features an all-electric range of 50 miles.

2021 BMW X5 Hybrid

The rest of the lineup is quite familiar. Base models are equipped with a well-known 3.0-liter inline-six, which is good for about 335 horsepower. A bigger 4.4-liter V8 engine comes in three versions. The least powerful is good for about 456 horsepower, while the M50i is good for 523 horsepower. Finally, count on the 2021 BMW X5 M, which packs full 600 horsepower. All engines come in pairs with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox.

2021 BMW X5 Release Date and Price

Considering that no bigger changes are expected for the next year, we expect to see 2021 BMW X5 in a typical time of year. In this case, that means the last quarter of 2020. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 59.000 dollars.

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