We are still testing the new BMW X5 and its M package, and new model is on the way. Well, the mid-size SUV is coming unchanged for the next season, but the 2021 BMW X5 is about to start something new. This time, it is an electric concept called xDrive45e. We already saw the X5 combining the petrol engine with an electric powertrain. However, the xDive40e wasn’t so successful. This time, the Bavarian carmaker will combine a larger engine to provide more power. Will it be enough to cause the attention of buyers?
The rest of the 2021 BMW X5 lineup will be mostly unchanged. With a big redesign of the current model, the Bavarian company created some space for the development of other vehicles, such as X7M and X8. Also, the styling of the mid-size model can now remain appealing for a few years. The X5 is one of the SUVs which was there right from the beginning of the expansion. It is the best BMW’s model and there is no surprise why every now and then we see some novelties that refresh the vehicle. So far, in 20 years, the SUV had three previous generations. But the latest one is going to cement its place as one of the best SUVs ever.
2021 BMW X5 Specs
The new 2021 BMW X5 will have two petrol engines available for buyers in the US. No diesel is coming across the ocean. A 3.0-liter V6 is the base solution. Turbocharged, it creates 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four corners of the SUV. That is the famous BMW’s xDrive. The other possibility is a V8 with higher outputs. A 4.4-liter unit is producing 456 hp and 480 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle also sends power to an AWD. This setup has a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds.
The 2021 BMW X5 will introduce the major change. It pairs the base 3.0-l engine with electric motors to create a plug-in hybrid. A V6 replaces a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit which was previously part of the xDrive40e configuration. The X5 hybrid will come as an xDrive45e model. According to available info, a petrol engine can produce 285 hp and the electric motor adds 115 horsepower, but the total output from this PHEV SUV is 395 hp. It also creates a massive amount of torque – 445 lb-ft. The X5 plug-in hybrid will need 5.5 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration, and it achieves max speed of 145 mph.
The advantage of this system is that can go without petrol engine support. An electric battery is going to offer 50 miles of range. The company is working on fast recharging. Again, if you use only an electric drivetrain, you can’t go faster than 90 mph. It is nearly 15 mph boost compared to the xDrive40e model.
Diesel Engines For the Rest of the World
Under the hood of European 2021 BMW X5 will be a 3.0-liter turbo-six drivetrain. It produces 265 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. However, the diesel X5 is not as fast as its petrol sibling, since it needs 6.5 sec to reach 60 mph. A quad-turbo version of the m50d model takes 5 seconds to do the same. The M model for diesel units is creating 395 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque.
2021 BMW X5M
We expect the M package to be available with 2020 MY. However, the company is not providing any release date, so the vehicle could be carried over for the 2021 season. However, we already know what to expect from the 2021 BMW X5M. The ultra-luxurious high-output SUV is capable to produce over 600 hp thanks to the new setup of a 4.4-liter engine. It also creates nearly 600 pound-feet of torque and accelerates 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Just for a comparison, its predecessor produced 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. A lot more upgrades and updates will be available for the X5 M.
Sporty seats, the latest technology and equipment, and special leather will be part of the M package in the US. The vehicle will use unique details to enhance the overall styling. It includes a special grille, larger air intakes, and sportier side skirts. Of course, the M model uses unique wheels with badging on wheel caps.
2021 BMW X5 Competition and Price
The new 2021 BMW X5 will continue its battle with Mercedes GLE at first place. The German giant has already prepared a hybrid engine for its largest GLS model. The mid-size SUV is the next to get it. However, let’s not forget Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. In the US, the X5 will also face Lexus RX, as one of the most versatile SUVs. The price of the 2021 MY will remain the same. The X5M will cost at least $103,000, according to some experts. The xDrive45e could start somewhere around $75,000.