2024 BMW X5 and X6 Facelift Brings Extra Power, Better Efficiency

  • BMW has updated the X5 and X6 for the 2024 model year, with narrower headlights and redesigned front bumpers on both SUVs.
  • A new turbocharged inline-six boosts base 40i models to 375 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and along with the M60i’s 4.4-liter V-8, BMW adds a 48-volt hybrid system.
  • The plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive 50e’s output jumps nearly 100 horsepower and should increase its electric driving range by about 10 miles.

The mid-size X5 SUV was the best-selling BMW in 2022, and it now receives a host of updates for the 2024 model year, with redesigned front and rear, a more modern interior with a curved digital display, and a more powerful inline- six engine. The sloped-roof X6 — a niche, fashion-conscious alternative to the X5 — benefits from the same upgrades as its more sensible sibling, including the 48-volt hybrid system that boosts the efficiency of both the inline-six and V-8 motors. improve.

We were sure that the 2024 BMW X5 and X6 would get the X7’s controversial split headlight design, but BMW seems to have reversed course and opted for a more conventional look. The slimmer single-piece headlights sit on either side of a revised kidney grille that looks relatively small next to the M3’s flared nostrils or the i7’s huge shield. The X5’s wider, rectangular lower intake is sandwiched by vertical vents that draw air around the fenders, increasing efficiency and giving the SUV a planted look. The X5’s taillights have a more intricate 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 raunchier look with more black trim 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 four-wheel tailpipes, black trim and a small rear spoiler to the X6.

Inside, the dashboard looks more chiseled, with thin air vents and a simplified center console that ditches the traditional gear lever for a small shifter. On top of the dash is BMW’s new curved display that includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen on one long piece of glass, which houses the latest version of BMW’s iDrive operating system use. A new ambient light bar glows in front of the passenger seat, and BMW has also added a puddle light and pulsing welcome lights in the doorway for a little piss when 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 choices. The base 40i has a new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with increased horsepower and torque for new totals of 375 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 in the M60i models is a new unit, but produces the same 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque as the previous V-8-powered M50i. Both of these engines have 48-volt hybrid systems with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. xDrive all-wheel drive remains standard on all but the X5’s base sDrive40i model, which has rear-wheel drive.

BMW has also updated the X5’s plug-in hybrid model to produce more power and offer greater electric range. It’s now called xDrive50e, up from last year’s xDrive45e, and has a total output of 483 hp—nearly 100 hp more than before. This is thanks to a revised turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six petrol 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 hybrid X5 will have an EPA range figure of around 40 miles, up from 31 miles before.

The adaptive M suspension with adjustable dampers comes standard on both X6 models and the X5 M60i, and is optional on the X5 40i variants. The xDrive50e, meanwhile, comes standard with air suspension that is optional on other models. The M60i models come with standard rear-wheel steering, and all X5s and X6s come with 20-inch wheels, with the option to upgrade to 21- or 22-inch wheels with performance tires. There’s also an optional new Highway Assistant feature that allows for hands-free driving on highways, as long as the driver stays focused on the road and cars around them.

The 2024 X5 sDrive40i’s $66,195 base price increases by $3600 over the 2023 model, with all-wheel drive costing an additional $2300. The plug-in hybrid xDrive50e will open at $73,495, about $7000 more than the outgoing PHEV, while the M60i’s $90,295 starting price represents a nearly $4000 increase. The simpler X6 range sees similar increases, with the xDrive40i starting at $74,895 and the M60i for $94,595.

We don’t yet have details on the performance-oriented X5 M and X6 M versions, but they are likely to receive similar visual updates and possible powertrain improvements. Production of the standard 2024 X5 and X6 models will begin in April of this year, and we expect to learn more about the full-fledged M models in the coming months.