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BMW X5 2023: facelifted premium large SUV announced for Australia with $135k starting price 


The BMW X5 has been facelifted for 2023, with improvements made to powertrain, design and standard specification 

BMW Australia has announced pricing and specifications for its updated large X5 SUV, a competitor for the likes of the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Porsche Cayenne

Pricing is up by $8000 on the entry-level xDrive30d and xDrive40i variants when compared to 2022 pricing.

Prices for the facelifted BMW X5 now starts at $134,900 before on-road costs for the xDrive30d and tops out at $172,900 before on-road costs for the M60i with twin-turbo V8 power. 

2023 BMW X5 LCI rear 3/4
Slimmed-down taillights are the main difference at the rear of the updated X5

BMW has ushered in a revised plug-in hybrid variant, the xDrive50e, as well as updating the looks and design of the model for 2023.  

The updated BMW X5 will launch in Australia during the third quarter of 2023. 

What sort of standard equipment is available on the BMW X5?

The xDrive30d sets the baseline for standard equipment on the facelifted BMW X5, including features such as 20-inch alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14.9-inch central infotainment display and a head-up display. 

Heated seats with electric adjustment, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging and an automatic tailgate are also included as standard. 

2023 BMW X5 LCI front seats
BMW’s curved display now features in the X5

Running up the range, the xDrive50e retains the same specification as above, but adds self-levelling air suspension into the mix. 

The top-spec M60i variant adds 22-inch alloy wheels, adaptive M suspension, four-zone climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, an M Sport exhaust, an M Sport differential, soft-close doors and tyre pressure monitoring.

Optional extras and packages  

While common packages such as the M Sport package will be available as standard on Australian-delivered BMW X5s, the range-topping M60i will be able to be fitted with the M Sport Package Pro that adds to the standard specification with:

  • Double bar and M logo on kidney grille 
  • M exterior mirror caps finished in gloss black 
  • Exhaust tailpipes finished in M quad-pipe design 
  • Gloss black rear spoiler 
  • M shadowline lights
  • M seat belts 
  • M exterior shadowline finish 
2023 BMW X5 LCI side
20-inch alloy wheels are standard on the X5

New colour choices for the BMW X5 range include Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic, Skyscraper Grey Metallic and 40 other BMW individual paint finishes. 

Powertrain options for the 2023 BMW X5 

There are several powertrain options available for the BMW X5 in 2023. The entry-level xDrive30d uses a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline-six engine that produces 210kW/650Nm

The xDrive40i swaps diesel for petrol power and utilises a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline-six engine that now makes 280kW/520Nm (up from the 250kW/450Nm tune used in the pre-facelift X5). 

2023 BMW X5 twin-power engine
There are both petrol and diesel engine options in the X5

The xDrive50e plug-in hybrid model uses an inline-six petrol engine mated to an electric motor to produce total system outputs of 360kW/700Nm. This is a 70kW/100Nm increase from the previous model, BMW says. 

BMW claims that the onboard electric motor produces 145kW of power and is powered by both the petrol engine and a 25.7kWh-usable battery pack. BMW claims an all-electric range of between 94 and 110 kilometres (WLTP). 

For the performance SUV enthusiasts, the flagship M60i features a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 engine that produces 390kW/750Nm

2023 BMW X5 LCI front driving
The xDrive50e uses a plug-in hybrid system

It should be noted that all drive units now feature a mild-hybrid, 48-volt system consisting of an electric motor mounted in the transmission. This motor can provide a boost of up to 9kW/200Nm to assist the combustion engine. 

BMW X5 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • xDrive 30d: $134,900 (+$8000)
  • xDrive 40i: $138,900 (+$8000)
  • xDrive 50e: $149,900 (new)
  • M60i: $172,900 (new)