No matter that we are seeing new models in the lineup, the 2021 BMW X5 remains the flagship SUV. It is still the best-selling unit in the squad, although the X7 drew a lot of attention. Well, the changes for the new season are not numerous, but the electric engine is definitely a big addition. The vehicle is going to debut as the X5 xDrive45e. The iPerformance team is bringing something special, which will be another step towards the complete electrification.
The rest of the lineup will be mostly unchanged. The 2021 BMW X5 will use a 3.0-liter V6 engine as the base powertrain. Still, this one is not making it exceptional. It is a high-end setup of the 4.4-liter V8, also known as the X5 M package. The standard configuration of the same unit is also impressive with 460 hp.
There won’t be big cosmetic updates on the 2021 YM since the X5 was redesigned for the previous season. The redesign is coming in 2022 or 2023. Until then, we will see some groundbreaking upgrades such as the all-electric model. The German carmaker promised Level 4 autonomous drive, but we doubt it will be ready in the next 6 months.
2021 BMW X5 Specs
The main source of power for the 2021 BMW X5 is a 3.0-liter inline-six. Turbochargers are squeezing 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque from this unit. An eight-speed automatic transmission forwards power to rear wheels by default. It is called the sDrive. Meanwhile, you can upgrade it to the famous xDrive AWD.
Another enhancement is coming with a larger V8 engine. A 4.4-liter twin-turbo setup is going to destroy the road with 460 hp. The M50i model is also ready to burst 470 lb-ft of twist, dropping the 0-60 mph sprint time to 3.9 seconds. But, that is not all we get from the X5. The top of the range version is the M Performance with a special tuning of a V8 engine. Engineers are finding a way to add 75 more ponies and pound-feet. Extra power is also making the SUV faster and reaches a higher max speed.
2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e Details
The brand-new edition in the lineup is an electric hybrid called xDrive45e. Its nameplate already unveils that setup is using an all-wheel drive. Motors are attached to a 3.0-liter V6 engine. The system is using the same gearbox as all other versions and the SUV is an all-wheel drive model. We don’t have precise info about the gas mileage and power outputs, but the huge electric unit promises a lot of juice.
In the future, the SUV will also get a lighter hybrid version. The German carmaker reserved the xDrive40e nameplate. Well, this is another mystery. But, the ultimate goal is obvious – BMW will launch an all-electric X5, very probably based on an iNext concept.
There are no too many companies offering advanced self-driving features. Definitely, the most impressive equipment you can find on Tesla’s vehicles. Still, that is only the second grade of five. Even this one is a dream for most carmakers. But, the BMW is ready to make another step in evolution, but skipping Level 3. The difference between this one and Level 4 is not too big. Not only that BMW is going after a higher level, but also Nissan. The Japanese carmaker is already serious in these intentions, with the ProPilot available for some high-end models.
2021 BMW X5 Interior
The 2021 BMW X5 is going to be a five-seater by default. Whatsoever, you will be able to add two more spots. However, the situation back there is tight and suitable for children only. There are 34 cubic feet behind the rear bench, and 72 cubic feet when folded. The hybrid unit might cut some space.
The luxury SUV is full of equipment. The highlights are 16-way power seats with heating and power tailgate. Navigation, USB C ports, and smartphone services are standard. If you want to spend extra, then HUD, quad-zone climate control, and wireless charging are available. But, be aware, options are making the 2021 BMW X5 pretty expensive.
2021 BMW X5 Price, Hybrid Release Date
The arrival of the 2021 BMW X5 depends on its hybrid version. The company planned the launch by the end of the year, but coronavirus might delay it. The German carmaker is not so keen on bringing its flagship model to Detroit Auto Show. It is more likely that the premiere is going to happen in Europe.
The price of the luxury mid-size SUV will start above $60,000. All-wheel xDrive will cost you $2,000 more. The V8 upgrade is not cheap. It brings the price of the mid-size SUV into the full-size realm. The heavily-packed 2021 BMW X5 M will be competitive to the Mercedes GLE AMG 63, both with options and price. The price of the new hybrid version won’t be so high, because it is based on a V6 engine.