A camouflaged BMW X5 prototype has been spotted undergoing cold weather testing. Early reports and images from Motor Authority suggest this car is even larger than the current X5 and could, when it goes on sale in 2018, boast a noticeably more spacious cabin.
New BMX X5 styling
The prototype shown in these images is heavily camouflaged but it’s been reported that the new car is larger than the outgoing model – the rear overhang seems more rounded and the rear bumper appears to extend further backward behind the rear wheels. Some reviewers criticised rear cabin space in the current X5 so this longer body could potentially address this issue, as well as offering more boot space.
Missing body panels and a thickly disguised front grille make it difficult to determine exactly what the new car will look like. The subtle redesigns we’ve seen across the BMW range in recent years would, however, suggest the new X5 won’t differ too drastically from the current car but, instead, simply be an evolution of its styling.
New BMX X5 interior
The X5 will be marketed as a luxury SUV and, as a result, we expect it to come with an impressive array of standard features. The excellent BMW iDrive infotainment system will likely control a large dashboard mounted display and help minimise the number of buttons fitted to the centre console. It’s also possible that, in the process of reducing the dash’s button count, BMW will fit gesture controls allowing occupants to control the car’s functions simply by waving their hands in certain patterns.
New BMX X5 engines and driving
The new X5 will be built using the same basic chassis as the new 7 Series. This multi-material platform combines the strength of steel and aluminium components with carbon fibre reinforced plastics, ensuring it’s both rigid and lightweight. As well as the new X5, this platform will underpin both the new seven-seat BMW X7 and the upcoming replacement for the X3.
No official engines have been confirmed for the new X5 but it’s been suggested it’ll come with a broad selection of petrol and diesel engines in four-, six- and eight-cylinder configurations. A plug-in hybrid model and a high-powered X5M variant will also be released later in the model’s life.
New BMX X5 price and release date
Images of this new fourth-generation X5 in relatively advanced stages of pre-production testing would suggest BMW could launch this new SUV as early as 2018. No official release dates or prices have been announced but, when it goes on sale, we expect it to cost approximately the same as the outgoing model. Entry level four-cylinder models could cost as little as £45,000, while top-of-the-range X5M versions could set you back more than £90,000.
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