The new generation of BMW’s mid-size SUV just came out. So, it is not expected to see any changes in it in the near future. At least not cosmetics. The 2021 BMW X5 will introduce the electric version, xDrive45e also called X5e, which will join the current lineup. In the USA, there are two petrol units available. The rest of the world also sees the diesel version of the SUV.
X5 is the flagship model. So, it requires special attention and the Bavarian carmaker is doing everything to remain competitive in the premium SUV market, which is not easy at all. The iPerformance vehicle is a response to Acura MDX Sport Hybrid and the high-output Lincoln Aviator. Infiniti QX60 is not so powerful. This is why we love BMW – the Germans respond to every challenge successfully, and they also set some new levels of comfort, styling, and performance.
The plug-in hybrid version is a highlight of the 2021 BMW X5, but let’s not forget other models. Standard offer includes two engines, and one high-performance edition, the famous X5M. This one will burst up to 635 hp.
Full Specifications – Petrol, PHEV, Diesel Engines
The base drivetrain for the 2021 BMW X5 will be a 3.0-liter inline-six. Turbocharged, it is capable to produce 335 hp and sprint to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. And the eight-speed automatic transmission is standard all over the lineup and BMW offers xDrive AWD system right for the entry-level model.
Although some drivers thought the I6 is a V8 unit, the company installs a larger displacement for its flagship SUV. The xDrive50i gets the power from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo motor and it delivers 455 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque with the base setup. If you want more, replace the xDrive50i with M50 and you will gain 75 hp and 75 lb-ft of torque (530 hp and 555 lb-ft total).
This is not all. The high-output 2021 BMW X5 M package raises the level of performance. As expected, the special tuning of the twin-turbo system will add even more power to the 4.4-l V8 motor. With 600 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, this vehicle is already magnificent. But, hold your breath, there is more – the X5 M Competition model pushes it even further by adding 25 ponies. Its 0-60 mph acceleration time is 3.6 seconds.
2021 BMW X5 Diesel Configurations
There are two diesel versions of the SUV and both will be carried over to the 2021 BMW X5. A 3.0 I6 engine is the base in each configuration. The entry version in Europe is using an xDrive30d setup with 260 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. If you want more, then the M50d configuration is available with 395 hp and 560 lb-ft of twist. A diesel version of M50 is nearly 1 second slower than the M50 based on the petrol engine. Well, there is a difference in the size of the engine, though.
2021 BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid
The latest addition to the 2021 BMW X5 lineup will be the PHEV configuration. The company mates a 3.0-l I6 turbo engine with an 82-kW battery pack. This configuration is capable to produce 390 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. The drivetrain is also capable to run by using only the electric power. But, it doesn’t change the configuration and the X5 is getting power in all four corners. The fuel economy takes a huge boost, while the SUV also runs 50 miles by using the electric source of power only. The xDrive45e model is already available in Europe and it arrives in the US next season as 2021 YM.
The 2021 BMW X5 is a luxury SUV. We already got used to its premium ambient inside the cabin. Since the company is not redesigning the mid-size SUV for the new season, we will see it again as a five-seater in the base form, and a three-row version is optional. Total cargo space inside the vehicle is 72 cubic feet, while you are getting respectable 34 cu.ft with seats up.
The panoramic sunroof is standard for the 2021 BMW X5. Also, the base version brings a two-zone auto climate control. The infotainment system was updated and now it offers a 12-inch touchscreen display, premium audio with 10 speakers, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay. Optionally, you can add 16-speaker audio, quad-zone acclimatization, or wireless charging.
2021 BMW X5 Price
Without changes, the price for the 2021 BMW X5 will be the same as for its predecessors. The main question is – how much will hybrid version xDrive45e cost? Experts are shy with predictions, so fans will have to wait until next year to find out. We believe the MSRP will start around $80,000. That is cheaper than the X5 M model. However, the high-performance Competition edition will start at $105,000. The base price of the mid-size SUV is $62,000 and the V8 costs $15,000 more. The eDrive model will also get some additional features that will make it cost close to a six-digit price tag.