2021 BMW X5 Preview: xDrive45e, Specs, Features, Price

Despite that the current generation is still pretty fresh on the market, the 2021 BMW X5 will come with interesting changes too. For the third production year, we won’t see things like facelift and similar updates. On the other side, we will see a completely new powertrain option, in the form of a plug-in hybrid version, which will come as the xDrive45e. The new system will be more capable than the outgoing version, based on a four-cylinder engine, both in terms of performances and range.

The rest of the lineup is about to remain the same. This means you may count on a mid-size luxury crossover that offers powerful engine lineup along with very engaging handling. You may also count on the high-quality interior, spacious cargo area and user-friendly infotainment system. The third row is optional and it isn’t particularly spacious. We expect that the 2021 BMW X5 release date will be scheduled this fall.

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e

Without any doubt, the biggest novelty for this model year will be the addition of the 2021 BMW X5 PHEV version. The new version will feature significant upgrades compared to the outgoing xDrive40e model. The new version will be based on a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, coupled with a powerful electric motor. The combined output goes up to 389 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. With such power, the new 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e will be able to hit 60 in just 5.3 seconds.

The hybrid system will also include a quite large battery pack of 24 kWh, which is large enough to ensure max all-electric range of 30 miles. The top speed in all-electric mode is 84 miles per hour, while the top speed goes around 130 mph. Details about fuel economy are still unavailable.

2021 BMW X5 Engines

Other than the new 2021 BMW X5 plug-in hybrid version, we won’t see changes under the hood, which means you may count on familiar engine options in the offer. Base versions will carry on with a familiar 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, which puts out around 335 horsepower.

If you’re looking for something peppier, there is a well-known 4.4-liter V8 engine, which comes in several output versions. The xDrive50i is the least powerful and puts out around 456 horsepower. The M50i version is good for 523 horsepower, while the most powerful X5 M delivers a full 600 horsepower. The latter is also the fastest and needs just 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph.

2021 BMW X5

When it comes to fuel economy, the inline-six is obviously the most efficient. It returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are pretty solid ratings for the class. Of course, models with the V8 engine are notably thirstier, particularly the X5 M model, which returns just around 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

2021 BMW X5 Design

In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 BMW X5 won’t change. We are about to see the same design that has been introduced a couple of years ago. Like the rest of BMW models, this one is also based on a new CLAR platform, which has brought notable improvements in performances and overall ride quality. In terms of the styling, we definitely don’t expect to see any particular change for the next year, though things like new color options are always possible. Of course, the new 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e will probably come with a couple of exclusive styling details.

We don’t expect to see bigger changes on the inside either. This crossover feature BMW’s typically minimalistic dashboard design, though the overall quality is at a pretty high level. Base models come with two rows of seats, while the third row is options. However, it isn’t particularly spacious. On the other side, the cargo area features pretty solid numbers for the class.

2021 BMW X5 Interior


With yearly updates, it is always possible to see a couple of novelties in terms of standard and available equipment. Still, we don’t expect that the 2021 BMW X5 will come with too many of them. Currently, base models come standard with tech goodies a digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports etc. Additionally, you can get things like remote start, quad-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, 12- and 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereos, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system etc.

When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with things like a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert. The list of options includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a semi-autonomous traffic jam assist, a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel park assist, a night vision camera and more.

Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 BMW X5 this fall, with the starting price of around 59.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Lincoln Aviator etc.

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