Spy Shots: BMW X5 Gets Updated

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Our spy photographers have captured images of the forthcoming facelifted BMW X5 premium SUV. 

Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien. We have paid for these photos and at the photographer's request, have watermarked them.‚Äč

An all-new BMW X5 arrived in South Africa late in 2018 and now the popular premium SUV from the Munich-based firm is under the knife for a mid-life update. 

The images you see here are the first spy shots of the facelifted BMW X5 captured in Munich, Germany and while the camouflage wrap might hide some details, it’s clear that BMW has revised both the front and rear bumpers and we expect stylistic enhancements for the headlight clusters and taillights too. This is a ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ as denoted on the rear tailgate.

The current range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains are expected to be carried over for this facelift which means the X5 30d will forge on with 195 kW and 620 Nm while the big-daddy X5 M50d’s 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre quad-turbocharged diesel is expected to fall away as the production of this mighty diesel engine has sadly come to an end.

The petrol X5 M50i offers no less than 390 kW and 750 Nm while the X5 range will be headlined by the X5 M Competition with its bi-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine producing 460 kW and 750 Nm. The X5 xDrive45e hybrid with 290 kW and 600 Nm is also expected to be offered locally. 

Also, BMW recently showed its forthcoming all-electric iX5 which is expected to on sale in 2022. 

You can expect to see the updated X5 revealed early in 2021 and can be expected to reach local showrooms before the end of that year. We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available. 

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Minor exterior updates are expected for the X5. 

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