BMW will give its strong-selling large SUV, the X5, a mid-life refresh for 2023.

    The M60i model pictured here will get more than a nip-and-tuck, too. Reports from overseas suggest it’ll be powered by a version of the hybrid S68 twin-turbocharged V8 engine we expect to debut in the BMW XM SUV.

    Although the M50i badge may be subbed for an M60i badge, the car won’t necessarily get a power boost. The current engine outputs 390kW and 750Nm.

    Like the leaked X1 and iX1, and the updated 3 Series sedan, the new X5 and X6 will feature an evolved take on the hexagonal LED light signature that currently features on the BMW range.

    Down back, the tail lights look set to gain the black-and-red motif and more 3D detailing debuted on the facelifted X3.

    Inside, the X5 will likely gain the curved OS8.0 infotainment system. It’s already been rolled out in the i4 and iX, with a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

    Powered by the latest iDrive 8 operating system, this new infotainment system supports over-the-air updates, improved personalisation, voice recognition features, and a minimalist interface with large icons.

    It looks like the BMW X5 and X6 will get more than just a massaged look with their mid-life refresh, though.

    BMW Blog quotes “inside information” that the xDrive40i, xDrive45e, and M50i will be given a power boost when the 2023 X5 launches.

    According to the report, the inline six-cylinder xDrive40i petrol will be boosted from 250kW to 275kW, and the plug-in hybrid xDrive45e will be boosted from 290kW to almost 360kW of power thanks to the powertrain from the next-gen 7 Series.

    A longer electric-only range is also likely, although exactly how far it’ll be extended isn’t clear.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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