The ongoing generation of the popular mid-size luxury SUV has gone through the whole redesign process recently. But, that doesn’t mean that the 2021 BMW X5 won’t offer exciting and appealing innovations. For example, the second production year will introduce a high-performance M-badged version. Furthermore, the third production year will include exciting upgrades for the engine room.

Perhaps we’ll see a brand-new hybrid version, under BMW X5 xDrive45e nameplate. The new hybrid drivetrain comes with essential updates in all aspects. It will deliver more power, better efficiency, and a more extended electric-only driving range. Besides the hybrid powertrain, 2021 X5 remains pretty much the same as the previous model.

The exterior shape is almost identical, as well as most of the cabin layout. Still, this model is well-known for high-quality materials and opulent cabin, so why change something that is already perfect? The new model will be ready for the dealerships before the end of 2020, with the starting price of around $61,000 for the entry-level.

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2021 BMW X5 Styling

The fourth generation of the famous mid-size luxury SUV will maintain most of the design characteristics from the previous model. 2021 BMW X5 brings the same overall design based on the new CLAR platform, which improves vehicle efficiency, driving dynamics, handling, and much more. In the term of appearance, brand-new X5 will continue the evolution of BMW’s bold design language.

Of course, it mostly revolves around the famous kidney grille, which becomes more angular and even more striking. Regarding the traditional aesthetical approach, we don’t expect too see significant changes for this model in the next couple of years. However, don’t be surprised if you see some new color options in the palette.

Interior

The interior of 2021 BMW will keep the most features from the previous model, as well. The cabin continues with a standard two rows configuration, while the 3rd one is optional. Moreover, the headroom and legroom are pretty generous, with the right amount of comfort in each row. We didn’t expect anything less from the Bavarian company. The first row comes with leather seats and outstanding lumbar support for the driver.

The front seats are highly customizable as well, with the 12-way power-adjustment system. The additional third row isn’t entirely practical for adults. But, for children, it is more than suitable. The X5 offers decent cargo space, and you can count on 34 cubic feet behind the 2nd row.

Of course, with the fold seats, the overall capacity goes over 72 cubic feet. As for the equipment, mid-size Bimmer offers 12.3-inches touchscreen, a 10-speaker premium audio system, Bluetooth, navigation, and three USB ports. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity is available, as well.

The higher trims add quad-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, wireless device chargers, Wi-Fi hotspot, and much more. All X5 models will include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front/rear parking sensors, and lane departure warning.

Also, safety features offer a forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. Also, a head-up display, night vision, a surround-view camera, a parallel/perpendicular park assist, and Evasion Assistant comes as optional safety features.

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2021 BMW X5 Hybrid Engine

The upcoming 2021 BMW X5 with a hybrid engine is the most exciting thing for the next season. The German company will introduce an entirely new system, which is based on an inline-six gasoline powertrain. The previous generation was recognizable for using the turbo-four engine. The new system will be able to produce 285 hp, with an additional 110 hp from an electric motor.

So, the X5’s total output will be 395 hp and 445 lb-ft of twist. The hybrid unit will be connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission that supplies all four wheels with power. This combination will provide pretty admirable performances, with possible 0-60 mph acceleration around 5.5 seconds. On top of that, more energy and better returns mean that the fuel economy will be improved as well. Also, we expect a better all-electric driving range.

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Specs

Besides the hybrid powertrain, the upcoming 2021 BMW X5 include the turbocharged inline-six engine, that produces 335 horsepower. But, if you want more power, there’s a larger 4.4-liter V8 mill available as well. The V8 makes 456 hp.

However, don’t forget that the company works on the M version as well. We should see it in action very soon. According to the latest reports from Munich, the M model will feature a more powerful engine and exclusive upgrades.

Release Date and Price

At the moment, the official release date is still unknown. However, we expect that the 2021 BMW X5 will be ready before the Q4 of next year. The starting price should remain in the same range as in last year’s model. So, expect that the base model will cost around $61,000.

On the other hand, the hybrid will probably come close to the $75K mark. The main rivals of the Bimmer will be Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE, Volvo XC90, and Land Rover Discovery.

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