2021 BMW X5 Changes, Hybrid, xDrive45, Release Date

The popular mid-size luxury crossover has been redesigned recently. Still, that doesn’t mean that there are no changes for the 2021 BMW X5 to come. It looks like we are about to see big novelties under the hood, as there is a new plug-in hybrid version to come. It will be called xDrive45 iPerformance and it will replace the current xDrive40 iPerformance. The new powertrain will be more powerful, with a longer range and better overall performance s. Other than that, we don’t expect significant changes. We expect the same overall design, same features and pretty much the same list of standard equipment. Still, a new version could arrive a little bit earlier compared to the other models of the lineup.

2021 BMW X5

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45 iPerformance

This will be the biggest novelty for the next year. We are about to see a new plug-in hybrid powertrain in the offer. Instead of on a four-cylinder, the new system will be based on a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which is good for about 286 horsepower. It will come in pair with a 112-hp electric motor, so a total system will feature a max output of around 394 horsepower 443 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, count on an 8-speed automatic transmission. Such a combination will provide pretty strong performances. For example, 0-60 time should go around 5.6 seconds, while a max speed will go around 145 mph. Also, the new model will feature significantly better autonomy. Instead of 14 miles, the new model will be able to make 50 miles in all-electric mode. Also, the new model will be faster in this mode, as the max speed will go to 87 miles per hour.

2021 BMW X5 Engine

The rest of the lineup will remain pretty much the same. In North America, this means two familiar engine options. Base models will carry on with a 3.0-liter inline-six, which is good for about 335 horsepower. Also, there is a well-known 4.4-liter V8, which features a max output of 456 horsepower. Finally, the new M-badged version is coming for the 2020 model year. This one will also feature a familiar V8 engine, though significantly tuned. A max output will go way over 500 horsepower.

In Europe, count on diesel versions as well.

2021 BMW X5 Hybrid

2021 BMW X5 Exterior

When it comes to the exterior design, we don’t expect to see any particular change. The new model will carry on with the design which has been recently introduced. It brings evolutionary changes compared to the previous model. The overall shape is quite similar, though dimensions are slightly bigger. The biggest changes were made at the front, where we can see a new approach to the famous kidney grille – bigger, bolder and sharper.


Once again, don’t expect bigger changes for the 2021 BMW X5. The new plug-in hybrid may come with a couple of tweaks to the instrument cluster, but things will generally remain the same. This means the same dashboard design, which looks attractive, utilizes quality materials but doesn’t really deliver the top-not luxury. Many rivals, including biggest rivals Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7, look far more opulent on the inside. On the other side, the overall level of comfort is at a pretty high level. There is plenty of head and legroom in the first two rows.

On the other side, the third row is cramped, but that’s a pretty typical thing for the class. When it comes to cargo volume, the X5 is decent. You can count on about 34 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall capacity goes up to 72 cubic feet, which are decent ratings for the class.

BMW X5 Interior


When it comes to standard equipment, we may see a couple of additions for the new model, but things will generally remain the same. Base models will come with things a panoramic moonroof and the iDrive infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker hi-fi audio system, navigation, Bluetooth, three USB ports etc. Of course, higher trims will offer even more. Some of the highlights are quad-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, an upgraded infotainment system. Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, premium audio system etc.

The same thing goes for safety. There is a chance to see a couple of additions but keep in mind that the current model is already pretty generous, as it comes 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, and rear cross-traffic alert. Additionally, you can get things like head-up display, night vision, Evasion Assistant, a surround-view camera.

2021 BMW X5 Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 BMW X5 sometime in the second half of the next year. Base models should go around 61.000 dollars.

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