2022 BMW X5 Facelift: Bigger Grille or Not?

The X5 has always been one of the most popular models for the Bavarian carmaker, which always has a special treatment by engineers. Therefore, it’s no wonder that expectations for the next year are pretty big. The 2022 BMW X5 will represent the fourth production year of the current generation and that means it’s time for a facelift. The testing model has already been spotted on the road. Despite the camouflage, we can see some of the basic design solutions, which show that BMW won’t go too extreme with this model.

From what we know so far, this update will put focus on styling. Naturally, most of the changes will come at the front, but changes are expected in other areas as well. On the other side, we don’t expect to see bigger interior changes, though novelties in terms of standard equipment will certainly come. Finally, the engine lineup should remain pretty much the same.

We expect that the 2022 BMW X5 will hit the market sometime in the second half of the year.

2022 BMW X5 spy shot

2022 BMW X5 Facelift

The upcoming update will be a typical mid-cycle refresh. Therefore, the focus will be on visual changes. The testing model has already been spotted and despite the camouflage, we can see most of the styling changes. The first thing to mention is that the grille won’t become much bigger. Bavarian designers decided not to do any experiment with this crossover, so updates will be rather subtle. Practically, the biggest change will be a new front bumper, which will bring a little bit more aggressive look. The rear end will include subtle revisions only, while you may also count on typical mid-cycle updates, such as new color options, new wheels and similar things.

On the other side, the mechanical aspect is about to remain the same.


Unlike the exterior design, the interior will remain pretty much the same. That’s not a bad thing at all, considering that the current model already looks pretty impressive from the inside. It offers solid build quality, really nice materials and an elegant overall look. From what we know so far, the biggest novelty for the next year will be the updated infotainment system.

2022 BMW X5 Interior

The overall cabin layout will certainly remain the same. The 2022 BMW X5 will continue with the same amount of passenger room, which is pretty generous in both rows. We particularly like the front seats, which offer excellent support. The driving position is excellent. You can also get an optional third row, which isn’t particularly generous with space.

The cargo area offers pretty much typical numbers for the segment. You may count on about 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 72.3 cubic feet with the rear seats down.


There is no doubt that the 2022 BMW X5 will also bring a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment. However, we don’t expect to see significant upgrades, considering that the current model already stands pretty good in this aspect. The current model comes standard with a 12.3-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker stereo, a touchpad controller, voice recognition, Bluetooth, five USB ports, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio etc.

When it comes to possible additions, those can be found on the current list of options. Some of the highlights are things like wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. The same thing goes for safety features. The current model already comes standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive LED headlights, fatigue and focus alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.

2022 BMW X5 Release Date

2022 BMW X5 Engines

Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. Therefore, base models will continue with the well-known 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out around 335 horsepower. Although this engine will satisfy most drivers, there are three more variants equipped with a 4.4-liter V8. The first one is good for 523 horsepower. The M-badged model features a max output of 591 horsepower, while the Competition package brings an additional power boost, so the max output goes up to 617 horsepower. All models come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.

2022 BMW X5 Release Date and Price

We expect to see facelifted 2022 BMW X5 sometime in the second half of the year. Base models should go around 60.000 dollars. Of course, the competition remains the same, so key rivals will be Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q7.

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