The BMW X5 and X6, two of the automaker’s original SUVs, are receiving a major update for the year 2024. This year’s update adds more hybrid power, improved electric-only range, and a new automated driving “assistant” program that allows for some limited access to hands-free driving on select highways.
The BMW X5 and X6 have received a sleek and modern redesign for 2024. The X5 and X6 now feature narrower headlights with arrow-shaped DRL indicators, an optional illuminated kidney grille on each trim, new vertical air curtains on the bumpers, and a new lower intake with triangular shapes. At the rear, the SUV features fiber-optic lights in a new X-shaped motif and resculpted bumpers. The X6 also gets a new gloss black upper spoiler.
Under the hood, the BMW X5 and X6 are receiving significant upgrades to their power systems. The updated 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine now features electronic camshaft timing and, on plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive50e models, pairs with an inline electric drive unit on the eight-speed transmission pulling energy from a 25.7-kWh battery pack, producing a total output of 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. This combination provides a purely electric driving range of about 40 miles and can go from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 4.6 seconds.
Entry-level xDrive40 versions of the X5 and X6 receive the same updated 3.0-liter inline-six engines with mild hybridization and boast an additional 40 hp and 51 lb-ft of torque over their predecessors, for a total output of 375 hp and 383 lb-ft.
The M60i models are powered by an updated 4.4-liter turbo V-8 with 48-volt hybrid technology, producing 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. This engine can propel the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 4.2 seconds. V-8 models and I-6 models with the optional M Sport package now feature a new Sport function, which engages the lowest possible gear and switches everything to its sportiest setting when the left shifter paddle is pulled for one second. This provides a “sprint” of quicker acceleration with electric boost enabled.
The BMW X5 and X6 now feature a new Driving Assistance Professional package, which includes Highway Assistant, a limited-use hands-free assisted driving experience on limited-access highways at speeds up to 85 mph. The package also includes Parking Assistant Professional, Reversing Assistant, and GPS-based Maneuver Assistant for those who refuse to drive their car in any challenging low-speed situation.
The M60i models come standard with Adaptive M Suspension, with electronic dampers, and Integral Active Steering, which turns all four wheels to assist in better maneuverability. There’s also two-axle air suspension standard on the xDrive 50e and optional elsewhere, which automatically lowers 10 millimeters (0.4 inch) above 86 mph.
The BMW X5 and X6 have been updated for 2024 with a sleek new design, powerful and efficient engines, and innovative driving assistance technology. Whether you’re looking for a fast and stylish SUV or one that provides a comfortable and hands-free driving experience, the BMW X5 and X6 are sure to impress.