The X5 is definitely the legend of the SUV segment. It is one of the pioneers when the rise of these vehicles started. Now, it is in the new generation and we can’t wait to see further upgrades. Definitely, the Bavarian carmaker has aces upon the sleeve. For the 2021 BMW X5, there are two expected upgrades. One of them is already a familiar M package. The other SUV we want to see is a hybrid or PHEV variant. It could also appear as the all-electric model called iX5.
The standard edition is coming unchanged. The new generation hit the fourth generation in 2019 and there won’t be a need for facelifts for the next few years. The 2021 BMW X5 will carry over the unique styling and the room for seven passengers. Also, there are powerful and reliable units under the hood. Premium SUV can be proud of its interior layout and materials used to cover seats, dashboard, and upholstery. The most advanced features will be part of the lineup once again.
2021 BMW X5 Specs
Under the bonnet of the base version is a 3.0-liter V6 engine. The turbocharged system is ready to crunch 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The starting offer is already impressive. The engine comes in pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all wheels. Of course, this is the well-known xDrive system. With this engine, the SUV can tow 6,600 pounds and it returns 20/26 mpg. What’s more important, the drive impression is like you ride a sedan, and that is one of the greatest advantages of the X5.
Another argument of why to buy 2021 BMW X5 is its V8 drivetrain. The twin-turbo unit is producing 455 hp and 480 pound-feet of twist. This engine increases the towing capacity to 7,200 pounds, but also the fuel consumption to 17/22 mpg. Outside the US, the X5 is also available with diesel engines. We expected to see one of these units in North America, but the Bavarian carmaker decided not to go with it.
The biggest update for the 2021 BMW X5 will be the M package. This is a special set of features that will boost both appearance and the specs of the SUV. The new model has been spied and according to first images, it is going to be much more attractive than its predecessor. Larger intakes and wheels are visible on these photos, as well as revisited headlights. Side skirts are much more aggressive. From what we can’t see, but can predict accurately, is a lot of M badging inside and outside the vehicle. It is still early to talk about the interior, but the company announces 2021 BMW X5M as “state of art”. Expectations are high. Bavarians rarely disappoint us.
Under the bonnet is the same 4.4-liter engine we saw before. However, this time it is tuned to deliver more than 600 hp and around 600 lb-ft of torque. It will be enough for 0-60 acceleration in less than 4 seconds. The automatic transmission is under revisit and it should be M Steptronic eight-speed case. The xDrive is standard, as you can expect.
iX5 Release Date and Range
Before the total electrification, the 2021 BMW X5 will offer the plug-in variant. You will find this model as xDrve45e SUV. The new generation of the mid-size SUV introduced a new system that comes with a larger electric battery. Now, the range of the X5 plug-in hybrid is 80 km (50 miles). The base petrol unit is a 3.0-l V6 with an output of 280 hp. When you add an 82 kW motor, the outputs jump to 380 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. Top speed of the xDrive45e is 145 mph and it hits 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.
The next edition is the 2021 BMW iX5. It is an all-electric version of the SUV. It will be based on the recently announced iNext concept. With the range of 300 miles, it will challenge Tesla and Rivian, as well as Ford who works on its electric SUV. Larger batteries will increase the range to 400 miles. Also, the acceleration 0-60 mph will take only 3 seconds, while the max speed is hitting the limit around 150 mph. Other details are still unknown. But, the appearance of the iNext concept is promising.
2021 BMW X5 Prices
Without changes to the 2021 BMW X5, we can expect the prices to stay at the same levels. That means the base version with a V6 engine (xDrive40i) will cost $61,000. Upgraded with a V8 engine (xDrive50i) the mid-size SUV gains $15,000 on the overall cost. Currently, BMW is offering M Sport package. However, the M version will increase the price to $105,000. If the all-electric model happens and gets 300 miles of range, it is not going to be too less expensive. If you are looking for a cheaper offer, then plug-in hybrid xDrive45e will be the solution.