More power deserves a new name.
As we've seen from recent spy shots, the BMW X5 is getting a facelift. Along with updated styling and technology improvements inside, the X5 should get more power under the hood, and not just for the gasoline variants. The BMW X5 Hybrid should get a big upgrade, as-evidenced in a Belgian order guide obtained by BMW Blog. Though BMW hasn't officially announced the X5 LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) yet, dealerships can already order one in Europe.
According to the order guide, the facelifted X5 lineup will include a new xDrive50e Plug-In Hybrid variant, replacing the current xDrive45e. When BMW increases the number on the badge, it typically increases the power output too.
The xDrive45e currently pairs a turbocharged inline-six engine with an electric motor to produce 389 horsepower. A 24 kWh battery enables a 30-mile all-electric driving range. The xDrive50 is expected to make a huge leap to 480 hp with a larger 30 kWh battery.
These changes should do wonders for the performance and the range. Sadly, the improvements won't come without a price increase as the Belgian source claims the updated X5 PHEV will cost about 7,000 euros more than the outgoing model. It's unclear how much the price will increase in the US, but it will almost certainly increase.
Other models in the lineup will also receive more power. For example, the M50i will become the M60i, and increase from 523 to at least 530 hp. At the bottom of the range, the sDrive40i and xDrive40i models should go from 335 to around 375 hp.
As for the range-topping X5 M, it's unclear if it will get a power bump. Inside, the current infotainment system will be replaced with the latest iDrive 8 software, bringing the X5 more in line with the X7. We should expect to see the X5 LCI sometime early next year.