BMW has been developing its new-generation X5 model for some time now, and even though the ongoing version has been on sale since 2013, it appears that the German company prepares to replace it rather than to introduce a mid-cycle refresh. In January, BMW tested prototypes on snow and last month, the successor of the X5 M has been caught on camera. The new spy photos are now available, and we can see the X5 with some elements such as headlights and kidney bean grille which will reach production.
At the moment, the BMW X5 is at the top of the range, but this will not be forever because the new X7 will be in that position soon. Based on the spy shots of the new vehicle, we can see that there are some slight differences and the new model will be just an evolution of the current car. However, the grille is drastically larger and more forward than the one on the ongoing SUV, the sharp lines at the doors almost disappeared, but the automaker decided to keep the small vent behind the front wheels.
The new-generation X5 is going to sport the same engines as the current generation. Just a reminder, we will see everything from a turbocharged I4 unit to the twin-turbo V8 powerplant which produces more than 600 horsepower in the X5 M model. After the regular X5 is introduced, the company should launch a plug-in hybrid version, but the exact release date is not known at the moment. Just like in the case of the ongoing model, BMW will produce the new X5 in the factory in South Carolina.
Even though the X5 wears a camouflage, its features and design cues can be clearly seen. What do you think about the new BMW X5?