After being on sale since 2018, the BMW X5 M is ready for a refresh.
We've known for a while now that BMW is working on a facelift for the X5 M to keep the performance SUV looking fresh against the growing competition for a few more years. This is just one of many model updates BMW is working on, as the 3 Series, 8 Series, X6, and X7, are also being refreshed.
Back in April, our spies spotted a BMW X5 M test mule with a brand new interior. Apart from the provisional lights, the exterior looked identical since the test mule was based on the current X5 M. Now, development has advanced, and the exterior has been updated, giving us a first look at the design changes we can expect to see on the new X5 M.
Camoflague applied to the front indicates that the X5 M will be updated with a redesigned bumper and restyled kidney grilles, but it doesn't look like they will be as large as the grille on the M3 and 4 Series. The headlights will also be redesigned, but this early prototype is still fitted with provisional headlights.
As development continues, it shouldn't be too long until another prototype gets spied with production headlights. Minor changes will be applied to the back such as new taillight graphics.
As we saw in our last spy shots, the cabin will get more significant upgrades. Like the i4 and iX, the new X5 M will feature a curved display incorporating a large 14.9-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. This will be a huge upgrade over the current X5 M, which has a 12.3-inch infotainment screen.
As far as we're aware, the X5 M won't get any changes under the hood for its mid-cycle update. The current model is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 producing 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. If you want more power, an available Competition package increases the output to 617 hp. Given its current state of development, the updated X5 M could break cover later this year or early next year.