BMW’s X5 mid-size SUV and its coupe-like X6 sibling have been completely refreshed for the 2024 model year.
Late Tuesday, the refreshed SUV benefited from new styling, a new powertrain and an overhauled cabin packed with BMW’s latest technology.
They went into production in April at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Going on sale shortly thereafter, BMW has confirmed prices will start at $66,195 for the 2024 X5 and $74,895 for the 2026 X6. Both figures include a $995 destination charge.
2024 BMW X5
Both SUVs feature new headlights featuring a slimmer design, while the X5 also gets new taillights with X-shaped graphics. The grille on each model has also been revised and now looks more sculptural, with the X5 offering a lighting option for the grille for the first time.
The X6 comes standard with the M Sport package, the highlight of which is the lower fascia with its large octagonal section to house the front air intakes. The range-topping M60i grade of the X5 and X6 (updates for the X5 M and X6 M have yet to be announced) benefits from further differentiation, including more M badging, gloss black mirror caps and quad exhaust tips.
2024 BMW X5
For the inside, the traditional fairing above the digital gauge cluster is gone, leaving a floating 12.3-inch screen that joins a similar 14.9-inch screen for the infotainment system. The rest of the dashboard has also been updated, with fewer physical buttons now that some controls have been digitized. The central air vents have also been made very slim and are integrated into the ambient light strip lining the dashboard.
The powertrain department has also been overhauled, with electrification now standard across the range, consisting in most cases of a mild-hybrid system. In the US, the X5 and X6 continue to be offered with inline-6 and V-8 engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid unit reserved for the X5.
2023 BMW X5
The inline-6 is a newly developed turbocharged 3.0-liter unit that delivers 375 hp in the X5 sDrive40i, X5 xDrive40i and X6 xDrive40i grades. The same engine is paired with an electric motor in the plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive50e, boosting combined output by 100 horsepower to a new total output of 483 horsepower. BMW also increased the range of the plug-in hybrid by 10 miles to 40 miles, thanks to a new 25.7 kWh battery.
The X5 M60i xDrive and X6 M60i xDrive also feature a newly developed V-8. It’s still a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter unit, and while peak output of 523 horsepower remains the same, a new mild-hybrid system is able to provide a temporary 12-horsepower boost.
2024 BMW X5
An 8-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch wheels, and all-wheel drive are standard across the X5 and X6 range, except for the X5 sDrive40i, which features rear-wheel drive.
Convenient driver assistance features start with augmented reality navigation. A new highway assist system can control the vehicle at speeds of up to 85 mph in certain situations, as long as his or her attention is on the driver’s hands. Maneuver Assistant can store more complex maneuvers, this time using GPS data as well as data from steering movements. Up to 10 maneuvers, such as tricky driveways or parking situations, can be saved.