Car manufacturers are pushing, now more than ever, to electrify their ranges. Whether it’s through plug-in hybrids that can go a few miles on battery power alone, or making all-electric versions of cars, several automakers continue to iterate on electric car design.
Chevrolet has made waves with the long-rumored Corvette E-Ray hybrid that’s aided by both electric motors and a 6.2-liter V8. BMW electrified the 7 Series in the form of the 2023 BMW I7 xDrive60. This car boasted 544 horsepower and over 310 miles of range. Cars are changing rapidly as electrification becomes more practical, and many automakers plan to hybridize or electrify their entire lineups within a few years.
BMW has just announced a host of changes to its X5 and X6 SUVs for the 2024 model year. These changes bring a host of improvements to both models with more powerful engines, a more high-tech and contemporary interior, and a much improved plug-in hybrid version of the X5.
According to a press release from BMW, there will be two new engine choices for the X5 and X6: a twin-turbocharged 3-liter inline-6 that produces 375 horsepower on the X5 xDrive40i and X6 xDrive40i models, and a twin-turbocharged 4.4-V8 1-liter that develops 523 horsepower on the X5 M60i xDrive and the X6 M60i xDrive. Both engines will benefit from a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that boosts torque and works with the eight-speed transmission to allow for a smoother driving experience.
The real star of the new model range is the X5 xDrive50e plug-in hybrid. The revised transmission consists of a twin-turbo straight-6 and an electric motor that produces 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque when working together. BMW claims the X5 plug-in can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds, showing that a hybrid system is useful for more than just efficiency. BMW also says the plug-in can travel up to 40 miles on battery power alone without using a drop of gas.
Modernized and efficient interior
The interior of the X5 and X6 will also feature a new 12.3-inch curved infotainment screen and a 14.9-inch curved screen for the controls. The updates bring the X5’s infotainment to the latest BMW iDrive software, along with a new head-up display, augmented view and more modern features.
The screens will be paired with the updated BMW 8 operating system, which includes enhancements to optional driver assistance systems with the new Driving Assistant, as well as reverse assist with driver assist technology. optional parking.
The base model X5 sDrive50i starts at $65,200, the X5 xDrive40i starts at $67,500, the X5 xDrive50e plug-in has an MSRP of $72,500. The X6 xDrive40i starts at $73,900. Finally, the M60i xDrive versions of the X5 and X6 start at $89,300 and $93,600, respectively. Prices do not reflect destination fee of $995.
BMW announces that production will begin in April 2023 at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Leave a Reply