The X5 has always been one of the most popular crossovers in the company’s lineup and one of the reasons is that it comes in different variants. Of course, the top of that offer is reserved for models with the famous M badge. The M stands for performance, and these models always bring all kinds of upgrades, whether it’s about engine power, chassis, or aesthetics. The 2022 BMW X5 M is no different. It brings upgrades in all aspects and stands out from the crowd for the ultimate driving experience.
For this year, the Bavarian carmaker brings no significant updates. The overall layout remains the same and while some sources were suggesting a major update or even things like the 2022 BMW X5 M redesign, the popular performer continues in the same way. It comes in two variants, as you can get an even more capable version, with the “Competition” badge.
2022 BMW X5 M Design
Design-wise, the 2022 BMW X5 M changes are minimal, and the new model continues in the same way, as we already mentioned. This model heavily relies on the standard X5, though it also brings all kinds of upgrades. This particularly refers to the chassis. The suspension has been tuned by engineers from the M department, while you may also count on huge 6-piston brakes, standard all-wheel drive, different drive modes etc.
Of course, there are also numerous styling details that accentuate the model’s high-performance character. Some of the things that come to mind are huge 21- or 22-inch wheels with low-profile tires, unique grille pattern, more aggressive bumpers, front splitter, rear diffusor and many more. Large quad pipes make a big impact both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of sound.
On the inside, the 2022 X5 M isn’t significantly different compared to the standard model. The dashboard and most of the cabin look largely the same, though there are also significant differences regarding color schemes, materials and small details.
One of the first things that you’ll notice is a lot of carbon fiber around the cabin. Furthermore, there is the recognizable “M” badge on the center console and steering wheel, while the paddle shifters are nicely designed and pleasant to use.
Besides the attractive look, this cabin also offers a high level of practicality and functionality. The 2022 BMW X5 M comes with well-designed front seats, which are comfortable, supportive and also look nice. Furthermore, the second row is spacious and accommodates adults with ease.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 72.3 cubic feet, which is quite impressive for a mid-size luxury SUV, especially at this level of performance.
Like any other X5, this model also comes with a full load of standard equipment. You may count on a large digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, as well as on a leather-wrapped dashboard. Things like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also on the list of standard equipment, as well as a 16-speaker sound system. Of course, there is also a full load of safety systems, while we particularly like that nice mode selector, which lets you choose between different drive modes.
The 2022 BMW X5 M Competition comes with several more upgrades. Besides more horsepower, this version also comes with an upgraded exhaust system, extended Shadowline trim and M seat belts. Additionally, you can opt for a 20-speaker audio system.
2022 BMW X5 M Engine
The 2022 X5 M features a well-known 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which puts out around 600 horsepower. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, while the power is sent through a smooth-shifting 8-speed ZF transmission. Also, there is a mode selector, which lets you choose between three drive modes. When it comes to acceleration, this SUV needs just 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph.
The 2022 BMW X5 M Competition gets a nice 17-hp upgrade, so the max output goes up to 617 horsepower.
2022 BMW X5 M Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2022 BMW X5 M release date, we expect that the new model will arrive in the next several weeks. The price shouldn’t change drastically, so base versions should go around 106.000 dollars. Key competitors will be high-performance versions of models like Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7 etc.