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BMW upgrades X5 and X6 for 2023, including M versions

Published: 22 February 2023 Updated: 22 February 2023

► 2023 BMW X5 and X6 revealed
► Tech upgrades, revised engines
► Available to order now from £66,230

BMW has revealed its facelifted X5 and X6 SUV models as well as the refreshed X5 M and X6 M, introducing some additional tech and a tweaked engine range to boot. The idea is also to give the two cars a more distinct flavour, too.

So much so that the X5 is designed to look more sober and posh-looking, with new slim headlights and a revised bumper set. You can even specify an illuminated kidney grille set here. The X6, meanwhile, has been shaped with more aggression, tailored with M Sport bodykits and two-tone colour palettes. Inside, both cars benefits from some tech upgrades, including more crystal detailing and the brand’s curved screen.

As for the M versions, the aggressive new bodykit almost looks as if BMW wants to link these two new cars alongside the rabid XM plug-in hybrid. New black forged alloy wheel designs and M-specific lighting designs appear. Three new colours for the M cars have been revealed, too, including Brooklyn Grey (seen on the X6 M pictured) and Isle of Man Green (seen on the X5 M).

BMW’s efforts to differentiate the X5 and X6 continue with its engine range – even if it’s just some slight changes. All X5 and X6 versions have all-wheel drive, and start off with the xDrive30d – a straight-six diesel making 294bhp and good for a 6.1sec 0-62mph time. The range tops out with the M60i for both cars, using a 4.4-litre V8 that develops 523bhp and sprints to 62mph in 4.3 seconds.

It’s the middle of the range that differs; the X5 can be had with the xDrive50e – a plug-in hybrid that uses a straight-six petrol engine, an e-motor and a 25.7kWh battery pack. BMW claims up to 68 e-miles can be squeezed out of that battery pack, if you’re careful with the 483bhp available to you. The X6, meanwhile, can be had with an xDrive40i version instead; 375bhp from a straight-six petrol, capable of a 5.4sec 0-62mph time.

For the X5 and X6 M, you’ll be pleased to know the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 remains. It develops 616bhp and 553lb ft, allowing both SUVs to sprint to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Both are limited to 155mph, but that can be upped to 180mph with the M Driver’s Pack.

Prices start from £66,230 for the X5 and £72,430 for the X6. As for the M versions, you’ll need at least £123,350.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches