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BMW X5 and X6 lift their faces for 2023

The Bavarian SAVs have a new pair of pupils and semi-electrification

The ‘SAV’ craze will never end. PHOTOS FROM BMW

Whether you like it or not, the BMW X5 and X6 are still here to stay, and the twin Sports Activity Vehicles are now receiving their Life Cycle Impulses (facelift) for 2023 with angular design changes and tiny boosts of battery power for the six-bangers.

Yup, the nostrils are still huge. PHOTOS FROM BMW

BMW updated the looks of the G05 X5 and the G06 X6 with new bumpers and headlights that match with the LCIs of its sedan models, with vertical, almost rectangular slats and arrow-like Matrix LED lamps. Both their respective kidney grilles stay the same, much to our relief, but the controversial Iconic Glow option, adding lights behind the grille, will be available on the six-cylinder models and above.

Mild hybrids help circumvent EU laws, and they help save the V8s, too. PHOTOS FROM BMW

Speaking of engines, improvements were made to the six- and eight-cylinder offerings that both models share.

The xDrive30d houses the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six diesel engine, now paired with a mild-hybrid system (298hp and 670Nm). The xDrive40i with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six gasoline engine is also given the electric bump (380hp and 520Nm).

One exclusive option for the X5 is the xDrive50e, a plug-in hybrid model with the same 3.0-liter straight-six gas engine paired with a larger electric motor. Compared to the mild-hybrid variant, the PHEV model breezes with 490hp and 700Nm.

Lastly, the sole ICE-only option for both is the M60i xDrive with the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, receiving a monstrous upgrade of 530hp and 750Nm.

More screen time, less buttons. PHOTOS FROM BMW

BMW has naturally updated its iDrive infotainment system to the latest Operating System 8, now running across the dashboard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen. The front-collision warning system has also been updated to better detect unexpected obstructions.

The large grilles are here to stay, for better or for worse. PHOTO FROM BMW

The face-lifted X5 and X6 will officially be launched in April, in the birthplace of SAVs at the BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, USA.

Justin Young

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