The 2024 BMW X5 made its world debut in February, before making its public debut earlier in the month at the Amelia Concours d’Elegance. The M Performance version, now renamed M60i marks the SUV’s debut at an auto show in Serbia this week at the 2023 Belgrade Motor Show. We get a tour of the V8-powered luxury barge in a high-spec configuration in this new video from BMW’s booth.
2024 BMW X5 M60i Review
The 2024 BMW X5 M60i is available in Tanzanite Blue II Metallic. It rides on the biggest wheels for the M Performance model, the 2024 BMW X5 M60i. The 22-inch set features a V-spoke design and a two-tone finish. Red brake calipers are also available in blue. Apart from obvious design changes like slimmer headlights and updated taillights with an “X” motif and new bumpers, the kidney grille now has an M badge.
The X5 M60i’s interior features one of the best leather upholstery options for a midsize luxury SUV. You can choose the Tartufo specification extended Merino leather or the Piano Black trim as an Individual upgrade. The M Performance version’s ambient light bar displays the M letter proudly on the passenger side.
The M60i, as with all X5 versions with Life Cycle Impulse applied has switched to BMW’s iDrive 8 The M60i’s dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate the curved glass. It now features a 12.3-inch digital driver display and a 14.9-inch touchscreen. You’ll see a simplified console and a smaller gear selector.
The LCI’s most important change is the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 underneath the hood. The mild-hybrid engine still has 523 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet (553 Newton-meters) torque, but it’s more efficient thanks to the 48V technology. The X5 M60i can reach 62 mph (100 km/h), in 4.3 seconds, or 4.2 seconds (0-60 mph) sprint.
The BMW X5 M60i has a luxurious and handsome exterior look with updated headlights. The latest headlights will be made more modern and slimmer. Later, the grille was more aggressive than before, which approached the X6 model. If you follow in the footsteps of the previous X5 model, the BMW X5 M60i will use wheels of 20 inches.
The interior of the BMW X5 M60i provides enough space for the front passengers and enough room for the rear passengers. Various advanced technologies accompany the interior of the BMW X5 M60i, but some of the buttons on the center console are a little difficult to learn.
On the other hand, the X5 has a large cargo area and can load large cargo with a power tailgate/liftgate system. If you bring a water bottle, you can put it on the armrest. In addition, there is also a shallow but deep pocket in front of the shifter equipped with an induction charger, but if you use a cupholder, you will have difficulty reaching the area.
The BMW X5 M60i provides sturdy front seats that can be adjusted, and the rear seats feel soft even though they are flat-designed and don’t have enough support. Durable leather upholstered seats are also equipped with ventilation and massage, and tight interior panels without gaps are also one of the advantages of this X5.
Features and Technologies
In addition to the impressive interior, the BMW X5 M60i also features a variety of standard features that are interesting and some that you can even add as an option. The technology offered by the latest BMW X5 M60i is also no less advanced than the previous one.
The features and technology include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, soft-close doors, Apple CarPlay Smartphone Compatibility, infotainment Movement control, and lane-keeping assist. This model also offers a surround-view camera that shows the view of the vehicle and its surroundings from top to bottom, making parking easier in tight spaces.
Another driver assistance is also available to make it easier for drivers on the way. Such driver assistance includes an automatic parking system, rear traffic warning, and blind spot monitoring. On the other hand, there is also a professional driving assistance package consisting of adaptive cruise control, collision detection equipped with automatic lane change assistance, and forward cross-traffic alerts.
In the upcoming BMW X5 M60i model in 2024, we hope to deliver better performance than before. The X5, one of the fastest non-performance SUVs available, will offer an optional off-road package this year that can better bypass obstacles on dirt roads and trails. Although the handling and steering are less impressive, the BMW X5 M60i can significantly give a soft and light impression in corners.
This model is an easy-to-drive car, and the gearshifts feel fast and smooth thanks to its eight-speed transmission. Road noise and wind won’t be too annoying when you’re in the car. However, you still feel it when facing sidewalks and bumps in the cabin.
The 2024 BMW X5 M60i is expected to get its latest V8 engine – the S68, the same as the engine the BMW X7 acquired. As the name implies, the M60i this model will, in the future, make the ’60’ the numerical nomenclature that BMW uses to identify equivalent powered vehicles (S68 V8).
BMW has not published any official information regarding this model. But when referring to the previous M50i model, the BMW X5 M60i will be equipped with all-wheel drive. Previously, BMW’s standard engine was used on M Performance cars, but the engine change to the correct M Division will probably be the most exciting thing this time.
The M60i doesn’t seem to be much different from the M50i, which uses a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with power equivalent to 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. The machine is also paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
As a multitalented SUV with good performance, the 2024 BMW X5 M60i will certainly invite many fans to come to buy. But it is undeniable that it is ready to compete with competitors with advantages when entering the market. Some of the main competitors of the BMW X5 M60i are the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, Lexus RX, and Genesis GV80.
These models have their advantages and disadvantages as well as their respective peculiarities so that the buyer is the one who determines.
2024 BMW X5 M60i Price and Release Date
After we have laid out various details (as far as we know) about the BMW X5 M60i of 2024, we guess that $103 100 is a suitable price for this model. While there is no official information yet, we believe it’s a reasonable price for its wide array of features and impressive driving experiences.
As for the release date, we expect this model to be launched in 2023 as the upcoming 2024 model year. Although it will not undergo significant changes from the previous model, we expect the 2024 BMW X5 M60i to come with better performance, especially in terms of comfort, features, and technology. We believe the M60i will provide a better driving experience.
The production of all 2024 BMW X5 models is expected to start in April at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.