2023 BMW X5, X6 facelift launched in Thailand with new MHEV and PHEV powertrains

Ahead of their launch here in Malaysia, the new 2023 BMW X5 and X6 duo have now made their way into Thailand, marking the third country in the ASEAN region to receive the facelifted models.

The new 2023 BMW X5 facelift will be offered in two variants, namely the xDrive30d and a new xDrive50e, priced at THB5,099,000 (approx RM674k) and THB5,399,000 (approx RM714k) respectively. The coupe-style X6 meanwhile is only available in a sole xDrive40i variant, priced at THB5,899,000 (approx RM780k).

Photo: BMW Thailand via headlightmag.com

Revealed globally back in February this year, the new 2023 BMW X5 and X6 were given a mild styling update on the outside, most notably the new slimmer headlights with a twin chevron daytime-running lights signature. Between them, the kidney grille has also been given some ‘ambient’ LED lighting, courtesy of the new Iconic Glow package that’s exclusive to the X5 xDrive50e and X6 xDrive40i variants.

Both models in Thailand also come equipped with the M Sport kit, although their kit list do vary according to variant. Standard items on both models across all variants include the sportier M Aerodynamics bumpers, M-branded brake calipers, and M Shadowline blacked-out window surrounds.

The more expensive X5 xDrive50e and X6 stands out further with M Lights Shadowline darkened headlights, gloss black roof rails, as well as larger wheels, measuring 21-inches on the X5 xDrive50e (20 on the xDrive30d) and 22-inches on the X6 xDrive40i.

RELATED: China-exclusive BMW X5 xDrive30 Li & xDrive40 Li debut – MHEV, 130mm longer wheelbase

Photo: BMW Thailand via headlightmag.com

Inside, both the new 2023 BMW X5 and X6 get a reworked dashboard design, headlined by the new BMW Curved Display set-up running BMW Operating System 8.0. As most of the car’s controls are now moved into the touchscreens, the physical buttons on the dashboard have also been mostly removed for a cleaner look.

To complement the more modern appearance, the wood veneers have been swapped out with carbon fibre-looking panels courtesy of the M Sport package, and accented by a unique lighting element on the dashboard that displays the model name loud and proud.

Other equipment highlights on the inside include the M leather steering wheel, powered comfort front seats, M design seat belts, panoramic sunroof (with SkyLounge illumination on the X6) as well as a four-zone climate control system. As the range-topping variants, the X5 xDrive50e and X6 xDrive40i also gets additional heated seats and steering wheels, the CraftedClarity interior crystal jeweleries, as well as the more premium Bowers & Wilkins Diamond sound system.

Photo: BMW Thailand via headlightmag.com

As for performance, the 3.0-litre inline-six turbodiesel mill on the X5 xDrive30d now gets an additional 48V mild hybrid assistance that raises its outputs slightly to 298 hp and 670 Nm, translating to a 0-100 km/h sprint time in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 233 km/h.

The X5 xDrive50e meanwhile is a new variant that replaces the previous xDrive45e, and gets a revised plug-in hybrid powertrain underneath to raise its outputs up to 489 hp and 700 Nm. Century sprint is now completed in 4.8 seconds, onwards to a top speed of 250 km/h. Thanks to its 25% larger battery pack, its electric range has also been increased to between 94 and 110 km.

On the new 2023 BMW X6 in Thailand, the sole xDrive40i variant features a 3.0-litre inline-six petrol engine, similarly augmented with a 48V mild-hybrid system that has raised its outputs up to 381 hp and 540 Nm.

ALSO READ: BMW X5 and X6 M Competition facelift debut – new MHEV V8 powertrain, 625hp, 750Nm



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here