BMW has officially rolled out the new facelifted X5 Li, tailor-made exclusively for the burgeoning Chinese auto market. Unlike the standard X5 available globally, this special version sees its production rooted in China and boasts a lengthened wheelbase for an enhanced interior space.
Showcased through official images, the new BMW X5 Li facelift stands as a testament to the brand’s commitment to catering specifically to Chinese consumers. This luxurious SUV will be locally manufactured at the Dadong plant under the aegis of the BMW Brilliance subsidiary. Setting it apart from its global counterpart, the Chinese version offers an extended wheelbase, longer by 130 millimeters, ensuring generous legroom for rear passengers.
The freshly unveiled BMW X5 Li facelift will hit the market in two distinct versions. The first, termed the xDrive30 Li, houses a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder petrol engine that musters a commendable 258 horsepower, translating to a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in a mere 7.2 seconds.
For those seeking more power, the xDrive40 Li variant does not disappoint. With a beefier 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder petrol engine under its hood, it offers a hefty 380 horsepower, achieving a blistering 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds. Intriguingly, with this engine configuration, the X5 Li can also operate electrically at very low speeds.
Visually, the new X5 Li facelift mirrors the global version of the X5, reflecting BMW’s consistent design philosophy. On the features front, Chinese buyers can anticipate the cutting-edge multimedia iDrive 8.5 system, an exquisite decorative element affixed to the steering wheel, and a handy wireless smartphone charging tray.
While the anticipation runs high, BMW has yet to reveal the local pricing for this revamped model.