In a grand showcase of style, sophistication, and cutting-edge technology, BMW has introduced the extensively updated BMW X5 and X6, their renowned Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupé (SAC). These luxurious machines are set to dominate the luxury SUV market, combining poise and power with design refinements and an impressive list of standard features. Let's delve into the details of these remarkable vehicles that are set to hit the roads from April 2023.
The BMW X5 has received a visual facelift that commands attention. The xLine design elements now come standard, adding a bold presence to its already iconic design. The front end showcases slimmer headlights, with arrow-shaped daytime driving lights doubling as turn signal indicators. Optional Matrix LED headlights with adaptive control and BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam enhance visibility.
The BMW kidney Iconic Glow, an optional feature for six-cylinder variants, boasts cascade lighting, contributing to a captivating and brand-typical appearance. Additional design updates include new air breathers in the front side panels, Exterior Line Satin Aluminium trim, and roof rails in Satin Aluminium. The rear lights have been artistically redesigned, forming a horizontal L-shaped signature, creating a striking X motif within the rear lights.
The BMW X6, a Sports Activity Coupé, features slim headlight units with arrow-shaped daytime driving lights and offers the BMW kidney Iconic Glow as an option for six-cylinder models. With the M Sport package now standard, the X6 exudes a dynamic character, accentuated by the octagonal front-end signature, side apertures, and generous use of black surfaces. It features M-specific side skirts and M High-gloss Shadowline trim, as well as trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe trims.
Special Packages for Added Flair
For those who crave exclusivity, the M Sport package is available as an option for the BMW X5 and comes standard in the BMW X6. For the range-topping BMW X5 M60i xDrive, this package includes double bars and an M logo for the BMW kidney grille, M exterior mirror caps in Black high-gloss, and a rear spoiler in Black high-gloss. All model variants can be equipped with the M Sport package Pro. Exclusive body paint finishes, such as M Marina Bay Blue and M Isle of Man Green metallic, are available for the range-topping models. Moreover, you can choose from a range of around 40 BMW Individual special paint finishes to personalize your vehicle further.
The cabin of the new BMW X5 and X6 embraces digital technology with the integration of BMW Operating System 8 and the latest generation of the iDrive control/operation system. The star of the interior is the BMW Curved Display, which consists of a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch control display. This setup not only looks modern but also simplifies controls with touch functionality, reducing the clutter of buttons and switches.
The standard specification includes an instrument panel with Sensafin leather-like surfacing and an elegantly curving trim element in fine wood. An ambient light bar with LED backlighting adds to the premium feel, and the control panel on the center console features touch-sensitive surfaces and a newly designed gear selector lever. To enhance comfort, you can opt for comfort seats, BMW Individual Merino extended leather upholstery, active seat ventilation, and a massage function.
Powerful Drivetrains and Electrification
The BMW X5 and X6 come with a range of powerful engine options. You can choose from eight-cylinder petrol engines, six-cylinder in-line petrol engines, and six-cylinder in-line diesel engines, all from the latest generation of power units. These engines are paired with a new eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission that ensures smooth power delivery to the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
Moreover, all drivetrains now incorporate 48V mild hybrid technology, providing an additional power boost and improved efficiency. The plug-in hybrid variant, BMW X5 xDrive50e, boasts a system output of 360 kW (including a temporary boost effect) and a significant electric range of 94 to 110 kilometers in the WLTP cycle.
The range-topping models feature a new 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine, derived from high-performance models from BMW M GmbH, with M TwinPower Turbo technology. This engine delivers an impressive 390 kW of power and 750 Nm of torque, propelling the new BMW X5 M60i xDrive and new BMW X6 M60i xDrive from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds.
Exceptional Chassis Technology
Both the BMW X5 and X6 come equipped with adaptive suspension as standard, offering a perfect blend of sportiness and long-distance comfort. The adaptive M suspension, available as standard on the range-topping models, provides a particularly firm connection to the body. The integrated braking system and a choice of wheel sizes up to 22 inches ensure precise handling and an exceptional driving experience.
Advanced Automation and Digital Services
In addition to performance and comfort enhancements, the BMW X5 and X6 offer advanced automation and parking systems. These include front-collision warning systems with improved capabilities, automatic Speed Limit Assist, exit warning, route speed control, Emergency Stop Assistant, and Lane Change Assistant, ensuring a safer and more convenient driving experience.
The latest-generation BMW iDrive tech based on BMW Operating System 8 offers new digital services and a cloud-based navigation system, BMW Maps, to keep you connected and informed during your journeys. The BMW Digital Key Plus enables secure smartphone-based locking and unlocking of your vehicle.
The new BMW X5 and X6 represent a harmonious blend of power, luxury, and cutting-edge technology. With these exceptional updates, BMW is set to maintain its position as a leader in the luxury SUV segment. Expect the global launch of these impressive models to begin in April 2023, with availability in South Africa from the third quarter of the same year.