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The BMW X5 and X6 SUVs have received a new exterior design, an updated powertrain line-up and technology updates for 2023. 

The X5 is one of the most important models in BMW's range, having helped shape the current large premium SUV market with the first generation model. 

Now, the company’s latest version, which goes on sale from April, features thinner headlights, a redesigned grill and a new rear light design.

M Sport models have also received an even more aggressive look, with black gloss paint and black kidney grilles with bespoke inserts. 

Meanwhile, the interior of the X5 and X6 have been updated with BMW's latest iDrive infotainment system, which now runs along a curved display. 

The system features a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 14.9-inch driver's screen. 

Climate controls are now operated via touch screen, though physical buttons for the audio volume levels and demister remain put.

Interior tech can be further enhanced with an optional head-up display with augmented reality functionality, as well as a premium sound system from Bowers and Wilkins.

Other interior options include a panoramic sunroof and LED lights.

The 2023 X5 and X6 models have updated petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, which are said to offer increased efficiency and fuel economy. These engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system comes as standard. 

The range starts with a hybridized 3.0 litre straight-six diesel engine that produces 290bhp and 670 Nm of torque. BMW says another diesel option will become available in Summer 2023. 

The entry-level petrol model, the xDrive40i, features a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six with 370bhp and 540 Nm of torque. It can reach 62mph in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. With the addition of mild-hybrid technology, BMW reports improved fuel efficiency of 28.5 to 33.2 MPG. The cars also boast the ability to drive on electric power at low speeds.

The updated plug-in hybrid xDrive50e combines a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine with a 25.7 kWh battery, which is 25 percent larger than the previous model. The total system output has increased by 93 to 476bhp, and torque stands at 700 Nm. BMW also claims the electric-only range has also improved, from 58 to 68 miles, with prices starting at £78,360.


The M60i is the top of the range model for now, but is expected to be usurped by the new X5 M, though when that will be remains speculative for now. It features a powerful 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 with mild-hybrid technology, producing 516 bhp and 750Nm of torque, enough to launch the car from 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds. This model is priced at £87,210. 

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Harry Leahey 08/02/23