Fans around the world are joking that BMW will turn its vehicles into radiators on wheels. Grille is becoming larger every time the new model shows up. The latest images of the 2022 BMW X5 show nothing strange. The kidney grille is larger than ever, but the company is using a fresh styling. Instead of radiator design, the SUV will come with diamond knurls. The latest generation that was introduced in 2019 brought a similar design as the previous version. Now, this is a big change for the X5.
While the grille is bringing an all-new styling, the engine lineup is remaining the same. At least the petrol squad. The iX5 will be an all-electric version with a class-leading range. The EV will finally be in production. The X5 will face a lot of competition, with the mid-size Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7 being standard archrivals. In the US market, there are also domestic and Japanese carmakers being quite popular, but more affordable than German luxury SUVs.
2022 BMW X5 Specs
BMW will keep all three powertrains for the upcoming SUV. Add the fourth option if you count the X5M as the part of the lineup. Also, there is an electric vehicle on the way, but this one is again the special edition, iX5.
The base version is equipped with a 3.0-liter inline-six, capable of producing 3350 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Well, that is something we can expect from the mid-size segment. An eight-speed auto gearbox is sending power to all wheels. The xDrive is standard. The start/stop feature will save some fuel, but the big rig can’t do better than 23 mpg combined.
The alternative is a V8. Eight-cylinder powerplants are usually found in larger vehicles. For the 2022 BMW X5, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine can deliver 456 horsepower in the base version. Engineers are enhancing the output to 523 ponies and 553 lb-ft of twist if you pick the M50i package. both configurations are consuming a lot of fuel. The V8 will return only 18 mpg combined.
2022 BMW X5M and Competition Package
This is not the most powerful version of the SUV. The 2022 BMW X5M is top of a class model that will stun you with styling and outputs. The base setup is there with 600 horsepower. The X5 will be among the 10 most powerful SUVs in the world. The 0-60 mph acceleration time is 4 seconds, but it can drop further if you add the Competition bundle and 15 extra horsepower. Besides the power upgrade, the M package is coming with a high-end interior. Upscale materials and advanced safety features are jaw-dropping. The company needs to catch up with Audi and Mercedes infotainment systems, since Android Auto is not available with BMW vehicles.
iX5 Electric SUV
the iPerformance concept and the iNext platform will underpin the future electric vehicles. The Bavarian company will launch the iX3 compact crossover first, and then comes a larger iX5, based on the 2022 BMW X5. The production of SUVs starts next season and the electric unit is going to arrive after the regular model. According to predictions, the iX5 will cover at least 200 miles in a single charge. High-end models will go 300 miles and the outputs will be closer to the X5M.
The company is still working on an autonomous drive. According to earlier reports, the upcoming vehicles might feature Level 4 of self-driving accessories. That is a nearly independent system. Besides BMW, a few other companies are also announcing the same level of autonomous drive. Well, these kinds of technologies are coming along with electric drivetrain.
The 2022 BMW X5 will carry over the same equipment packages. The M packages bring the most exclusive features and materials. The base version includes 19-inch wheels and navigation. A power tailgate and LED DRLs are also standard. Leather upholstery is what you are getting with the higher-end versions, as well as the quad-zone climate control. Five-seat configuration is the base layout, but buyers can add another row and two extra spots. Wireless charging and advanced Harman-Kardon audio are significant upgrades for the premium SUVs. Besides extra power, the X5M is going to come with special M brakes and a suspension setup.
2022 BMW X5 Release Date and Price
Some of the versions are already confirmed for the productions, such as an electric vehicle. According to earlier announcements, the first units will roll out from plants in the second half of 2021. The standard lineup and the new styling will arrive a bit earlier. German premium SUVs are a bit more luxurious, and the price is higher. The MSRP starts just under $60,000 and the M package will bring it to the six-digit world. It competes with Mercedes AMG GLE 63 with power and price above $125,000.