BMW is preparing for restyling crossover BMW X5November 24, 2020
The Bavarian company began testing the BMW X5, which can only mean one thing: the competitor Mercedes-Benz GLE is preparing for the so-called life cycle impulse, or restyling.
In 1999, the BMW X5 was the first SUV that BMW added to its lineup and the vehicle that the brand planned to compete with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which had been on the market for over a year at the time. The X5 has been in its fourth generation for about two years now. Its predecessor has been on the market for just under five years, and the fact that the current X5 is already gearing up for Life Cycle Impulse (LCI), the name BMW uses for the restyling, indicates that the fourth X5 is not particularly successful in sales.
BMW is in the early stages of testing prototypes for the refreshed X5, and one of them was discovered outside of one of the automaker’s many engineering centers in Germany. The refreshed version will arrive in 2022 as the 2023 model, and by tradition it should arrive alongside the refreshed version of the BMW X6.
Anyone who doesn’t like the large grille that BMW recently installed on cars such as the 4-Series, M3, 7-Series and X7 can still breathe a sigh of relief: the X5 update seems to be limited to revising the front and rear bumpers, while also by adjusting the position of the headlight units and installing an improved infotainment system with a large screen.
It’s unclear what is planned for the powertrain lineup, but some efficiency and / or performance improvements are likely. In the United States, the X5 is currently offered with either a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six or a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Inline-6 is available as a plug-in hybrid, while the V8 can be fitted to the X5 M, where it produces 600 hp. standard and 617 hp. – in the X5 M Competition version.
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