In these new spy photos, the 2023 BMW X5 M reveals a facelift – somewhat – a set of new taillights. The new taillights are mostly disguised, but the new LED graphics are peeking out from under the tape. Light bars without light housing with a hive design seem to have been placed less than before.
However, this is not the only change in the upcoming BMW X5 and X5 M facelifted models. On the front, the spy photos reveal modified headlights that are similar to the design we’ve already seen in the 5 Series Facelift. As you might expect, the Kidney Grill also goes through a facelift. It doesn’t seem to have grown in size, but it could come with the illuminated grille seen in the recent BMW. The aggressive front fascia will be slightly redesigned for a more dynamic look.
The big news, though, is the engine. The updated BMW X5 M LCI will get a completely new engine, the upcoming S68. This is the first brand new V8 in the M division that looks like a 7 forever The old 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 is gone, in favor of a new twin-turbo V8, which will also get 48-volt light-hybrid power. Don’t expect too much power from a light-hybrid system, but it should pack a few extra ponies, which help reduce turbo-lag and add punch below the rave range. The mid-cycle update will spell the end of the base variant as BMW plans to sell the two rigorously as competition models.
This new S68 engine will be shared with all V8 powered M cars, including the X6 M and the next-gen M5. We don’t know how much power it will produce, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it produces more than the M5 CS ‘627 horsepower. The BMW X5 M Facelift will go into production in April 2023 and will be in the assembly line in July 2026. For the X6 M, it has a uniform SOP date but must be made by March 2027.
[Top image of the regular BMW X5 Facelift by instagram.com/wilcoblok]