The BMW X5 has been given a facelift.

    It has a new look, an updated interior, and more technology, with global production to start in April 2023. It’ll be here in the third quarter of 2023.

    Under the skin, the X5 has been treated to a range of updated powertrains. The plug-in hybrid xDrive50e now packs 70kW and 100Nm more than the outgoing 45e, thanks to an updated inline-six petrol engine and a significantly more powerful electric motor.

    Total system outputs are now 360kW and 700Nm, and the 0-100km/h sprint takes a claimed 4.8 seconds. Claimed electric range is up to 110km thanks to a new 25.7kWh lithium-ion battery.

    At the top end of the range, the X5 M50i has been replaced by the M60i. It features a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 derived from the latest BMW M models (think XM), making 390kW and 750Nm. Those outputs are unchanged relative to the outgoing car, despite the new engine.

    The broader range has been fettled for 2023 as well. The xDrive30d that currently opens the range in Australia now has a mild-hybrid system boosting its outputs to 219kW and 670Nm, along with changes to the pistons, oil delivery system, and injectors.

    The petrol xDrive40i has had its outputs boosted to 280kW (+35kW) and 520Nm (+70Nm), and is good for a 5.4-second sprint to 100km/h.

    Inside, it’s been updated with the same iDrive 8.0 system rolling out across the wider BMW range. The curved display atop the dash integrates separate screens for infotainment and driver information, and has been introduced in line with a broader button cull.

    Physical climate controls are no more, while the gear selector is now a stubby little switch instead of a larger gear lever.

    Updates to the available list of safety features include pedestrian and cyclist detection for the autonomous emergency braking when you’re turning across traffic, and a more advanced take on the existing Reversing Assistant system capable of retracing more than 200m of driving while under remote control using an iPhone.

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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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