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The BMW X5 and X6 M Competition are now mild-hybrid performance SUVs

Don’t be fooled into believing they’ve gone soft

Don't be blinded by their designs (and the structure behind them). PHOTO FROM BMW

Following the launch of the face-lifted BMW X5 and X6, the newly updated M Competition variants of the twin Sports Activity Vehicles have finally been unveiled, now housing more power thanks to electricity.

No, their grilles can't glow in the dark. PHOTOS FROM BMW

You heard that right: The X5 and X6 M Competition are now mild-hybrid vehicles in their awaited Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) versions. Both still have the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the M60i xDrive variant, but now paired with a 48V battery that adds 12hp, bringing the total output to 625hp (with 750Nm of torque). The eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic also has been improved from the pre-facelift.

The 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 is now assisted by a mild-hybrid system for additional power. PHOTOS FROM BMW

Aesthetic changes include the new, sharper Matrix LED lights, also found on the regular LCI X5 and X6, and an all-black kidney grille with horizontal slats. Interior and safety features have also been updated similar to their respective regular models, especially with the same 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch infotainment screen fitted with the well-known iDrive infotainment system based on the latest Operating System 8, and the new front-collision warning system.

The updated creature comforts found in the refreshed X5/X6 are still here. PHOTOS FROM BMW

BMW did not specify any launch date, but the updated BMW X5 and X6 M Competition will most likely be unveiled later this April, alongside their normal counterparts.

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