BMW has been seen testing the prototype of the updated X5 M at Nürburgring.
The update constitutes a mid-cycle refresh that should be introduced later this year or early next year along with similar updates to the regular X5 range. Related X6 and X6 M models are also in line for updates.
External changes will be mild, judging by the prototype. Look for new interiors for lighting with a modified grille and new facies on the front and back. It also features some internal updates, including perhaps a more advanced infotainment system with a larger screen similar to what we see in the iX electric crossover.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The current X5 M is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that delivers 600 hp in the standard model and 617 hp in the Spicier X5 M competition.
2023 BMW X5 M Facelift Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
BMW has built a new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 and this engine can enter the updated X5 M. code-name S68, the engine debuted in an updated 2023 X7, where it delivers up to 630 hp. Alpina XB7. The engine will also power the upcoming XM SUV, where it will be mated to an electric motor in a plug-in hybrid configuration. The Concept XM was fitted with this configuration and is claimed to be good for 750 hp.
The rest of the mechanical package should remain unchanged, meaning an 8-speed automatic and rear-biased all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system sends power to the rear wheels until additional traction is required, then a multi-plate clutch is engaged to send power to the front axle. However, there is no driver-selectable rear-wheel-drive mode like the M5.
Production of the X5, including the X5 M, is conducted worldwide for sale at BMW Group’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.