The X5 is considered as one of the leaders in segment of mid-size luxury SUVs. This crossover was originally launched in 1999. Alongside with Lexus RX300, it was the first vehicle of this type to use modern, lightweight unibody platform, instead of classic body-on-frame light truck-based. So far, we have seen three generations of it. Current model came in 2013 and it is still considered as very fresh model. Although we won’t see a refreshed model this year, that doesn’t mean that 2016 BMW X5 will come without novelties. Last month, Bavarian car maker presented a plug-in variant of this great crossover and we also expect to see a sporty M version by the end of year.
2016 BMW X5 specs
As we already said, company doesn’t plan to make some bigger modifications, when it is about body and interior. The 2016 X5 will come with pretty much same exterior look and we don’t expect see anything but eventual new color options or similar minor tweaks. Same thing is with interior. This crossover is equipped with excellent cabin, which is considered as one of the best in class, so we won’t see changes until mid-cycle refresh. This mid-cycle refresh could be already next year, for 2017 year model and then we will probably see some new design solutions, new trims, new, upgraded hi-tech features etc.
When it is about engines, Bavarian automaker will continue to offer various configurations. The base 2016 BMW X5 will be powered by the same 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine, which outputs around 300 horses and lb-ft of torque. There will be also an xDrive50 model, which is equipped with mighty 4.4 liter V8, 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of twist. Finally, there will be one diesel model in offer. It will use a turbocharged 3.0 liter diesel engine, which is good enough for 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of max torque. All three engines will be paired with 8-speed automatic ZF-8HP transmission.
2016 BMW X5 changes
As we mentioned, new plug-in version was presented at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. It is powered by the configuration which is consisted of 2.0 liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and an electric motor, which is good for 111 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The total output will be 309 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Estimated fuel economy is around 83 mpg, while range in electric-only model is 19 miles, with the speed of 75 mph. This model will enter the market this fall as 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e.