2021 BMW X5: Changes, M version, PHEV, Price

BMW’s highly popular, mid-sized X5 model delivers a unique mix of strong performance and well-controlled ride combined with the high-quality interior and loads of modern technologies. The model arrived all-new for the 2019 model year slightly lager, with more comfort and tech features but with a limited number of powertrain options. The next 2021 BMW X5 will expand the offer with two new powering options and the focus is on the high-performance and efficiency.

Following the introduction of the X3 M and X4 M models, the X5 and coupe-style X6 will also get the M treatment and should hit the market for the 2021 model year. The X5 M model comes with the V-8 engine under the hood and at least 600 hp at disposal. However, the new model year brings also the xDrive45e plug-in hybrid version with around 40 miles of all-electric range.

2021 BMW X5

2021 BMW X5: Design

The fast-selling BMW X5 switched to the new platform and gained an inch in length for the new-generation version while styling changes were again evolutionary.

The next 2021 BMW X5 will repeat the form of the current version while new variants will have unique outfits.

The high-performance X5 M comes with the M moniker which signals its unique abilities instantly. The model has an easy detectable wider track and sportier front bumper with larger air inlets. The rear comes with a large rear diffuser and standard is 20-inch wheels. The model gets also specific roof spoiler and black exterior detailing. With the Completion package installed, the rear wheels measure 21 inches.

The plug-in hybrid variant is nearly identical to the regular X5 with unique badging and wheels.

Interior, equipment:

The recently all-new BMW comes with a high-quality and well-equipped cabin from the entry-level version. The new M version has a few unique touches as well as the plug-in hybrid variant.

The X5 M comes with the M-specific steering wheel with unique buttons. The M treatment appears also on the gear selector. The model gets also a combination of lather with hexagonal quilting and M logos mixed with carbon-fiber trim inserts. The M version uses also 12.3- inches instrument display with specific graphics and a central 12.3-inch touchscreen.

The xDrive45e plug-in model comes also very well equipped with a large center display, climate control, Apple Car Play and more.

Even the base X5 includes a sunroof, heated front seats, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, a 10-speaker sound system, etc. The part of standard equipment are active safety systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The X5 can also be had with ventilated and massaging seats, a night-vision system, a rear-seat entertainment, premium Bowers and Wilkins sound system and more.

2021 BMW X5

2021 BMW X5: Powertrains

The 2021 BMW X5 will repeat the current powertrain versions with the addition of the new, high-performance M version and plug-in hybrid setup.

 A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine is mixed with the 8-speed automatic transmission and this combo is good for 355 hp and torque of 330 lb-ft. The sDrive40i version is also available with the rear-wheel drive while all other versions rely on the all-wheel drive.

The XDrive50i version has a 4.4-liter turbo V-8 engine under the hood. This engine makes 456 hp and torque of 479 lb-ft. A variation of this engine powers the M50i version with 523 hp and torque of 553 lb-ft.

The M-branded X5 uses a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 good for 600 hp and torque of 553 lb-ft. The model comes also with chassis and suspension upgrades combined with the upgraded braking system. With the Competition package, this model produces 617 hp.

The X5 plug-in hybrid combines a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with a 112-hp electric motor for the net output of 394 hp and torque of 443 lb-ft. The electrified X5 should manage around 40 miles on the pure electric propulsion.

2021 BMW X5: Release, Price

The M and plug-in hybrid versions are already available in Europe while they will reach dealers in the US in 2020. The base 2021 BMW X5 should again start around $ 59, 000. The M-branded X5 will cost $105, 100 while the Completion package will demand $114, 100.

2 thoughts on “2021 BMW X5: Changes, M version, PHEV, Price”

  1. I’d love to buy one of these even in their 2020 versions, except for one thing. The lack of decent colors. Of the 10 available exterior colors, fully 5 are mildly different versions of black or very dark gray. Two more are very similar whites, and the remaining 3 are not very attractive, imo. And their is no silver color….according to Kelly Blue Book, silver is by far the most popular color for luxury vehicles. And the interior colors are either black, white, or otherwise pretty weird. Wake up BMW!! Not everyone wants black!

  2. Carl Schonhardt

    Yes, bring back the Canberra Red and make some of the colors from the sedan available on the X5. I may be old; but black and gray are for a hearse, not the living.

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