One of the world’s most famous luxury crossovers has been redesigned recently. It was a pretty sudden overhaul, which came a couple of years earlier than we would usually expect. The main reason was that the Bavarian company wanted to switch the complete lineup to a new CLAR platform. Therefore, the new generation came with tons of novelties. Considering all of them, most of us would thing how the second production year would be a typical crossover. However, things are a little bit different. Besides typical minor updates in terms of standard equipment, the 2020 BMW X5 also comes with one huge novelty.
Yes, you may presume that we are talking about the famous M-badged version, which gets a complete treatment from the Bavarian performance department. Upgrades are numerous, starting from a more powerful engine, chassis upgrades and new visual details. We expect to see the new version in a couple of months.
2020 BMW X5 M50i
There is no doubt that the 2020 BMW X5 M50i is the most important novelty for the next year. As you may presume, this will be a hi-performance version of the popular luxury SUV. Compared to base models, upgrades are numerous. The first thing that comes to mind is a new powertrain. The M50i uses the same 4.4-liter V8, which for this occasion gets significant upgrades. Therefore, a max output goes all-away up to 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.
Along with a powerful engine, the 2020 BMW X5 M50i also gets significant suspension upgrades. Typically for M-badged models, it comes with new dampers, springs and other components. Also, this version comes with an electronically controlled M Sport differential that transfers power between wheels to maximize traction. An adaptive air suspension is optional.
Finally, there are some notable visual updates. Of course, some of the most prominent details are new wheels, new bumpers with larger intakes, several M-logos around the vehicle etc. Of course, there are several distinctive details on the inside as well.
2020 BMW X5 Redesign
Other than a new hi-performance version, the 2020 BMW X5 will continue in the same way. The recent redesign has brought a lot of novelties, including a new platform that ensures a notably better driving experience. Of course, the most notable thing about the new model is a new styling. The X5 continues its evolution and comes with familiar styling cues. The new version is sharper and comes with the even bigger kidney grille, the company’s trademark.
On the inside, the new model continues with the same overall layout. The X5 is a five-seater, with enough space to comfortably accommodate adults in both rows. Besides plenty of legroom, it also offers a decent amount of cargo space, which goes around 34 cubic feet behind rear seats.
On the other side, a so-so interior quality is a so-typical thing for BMW models. Although a premium brand, the impression is that the new X5 is a half-step down compared to key rivals, Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Not that materials feature lower quality, but monotone color schemes and lack of opulence make this crossover subpar in this aspect.
When it comes to standard equipment, we could see a couple of additions for the next year. Still, we don’t count on anything significant, so things should be pretty similar to the current model. Therefore, tech goodies like 12.3-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker hi-fi audio system, navigation, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and Apple CarPlay will be standard features. Additionally, you can get things like quad-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, an upgraded infotainment system with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio etc.
When it comes to safety, all models come standard with adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring etc. More advanced systems like head-up display, night vision, Evasion Assistant, a surround-view camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist are available as options.
2020 BMW X5 Engines
Other than a new M version, the 2020 BMW X5 will carry on with two familiar engines in the offer. Base models will feature a familiar inline-six unit, which is good for about 335 horsepower. Those who prefer peppier ride can opt for a 4.4-liter V8, which delivers 456 horsepower. Both units run this crossover with ease. Also, the base six-cylinder is characterized by pretty solid mpg ratings. You can count on about 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is better compared to most rivals.
Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2020 BMW X5 sometime late in the year. The base price should remain the same as for the current model, which starts at around 61.000 dollars. The new M50i will feature starting price of around 84.000 dollars.