BMW’s large SUV is going through the restyling box. It receives a more assertive face and a more muscular plug-in hybrid engine.
The two best enemies BMW and Mercedes are marked on the bumper. A week after the presentation of the refreshed GLE, here is the restyled X5! The facelift is more visible here. The Bavarian SUV in particular has the right to a more piercing look.
The refined optics (35 mm) incorporate a new light signature, with elements in the shape of arrows facing outwards. The size of the grille does not move, however the grille can now be illuminated. The shield is new, with a more sculpted look. Connoisseurs will also notice the addition of decorative inserts in the fenders, as well as the new taillight trim.
The changes are significant at the level of the dashboard, since the X5 adopts the “Curved Display”, a set of two curved screens. The first, for the instrumentation measures 12.3 inches, the second, for the infotainment, is 14.9 inches. They don’t have caps. The presence of these screens makes it possible to reduce the number of buttons. Enough to free up space for a new mood lighting bar.
On the technical side, the plug-in hybrid version has undergone many changes. Already, it should no longer be called xDrive45e, but xDrive50e. An evolution that underlines the increase in power, with a new peak (including overboost) of 490 hp, an increase of 96 hp. The maximum torque increases from 600 to 700 Nm. In detail, there is a 313 hp (+ 27 hp) petrol unit and an electric motor integrated into the 197 hp 8-speed gearbox.
Battery capacity has been increased by almost 25%. It now announces 25.7 kWh. With the WLTP cycle, the electric range varies from 94 to 110 km. BMW has doubled the maximum AC charging rate to 7.4 kW.
The “new” X5 plug-in hybrid is already available to order, starting at €99,900.
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