A camouflaged prototype of the BMW X5 has recently been caught testing. That confirms speculations about the next-generation model arriving earlier than expected. Although the current iteration went on sale for the 2014 MY, the all-new X5 is due to arrive in late 2017. Now, the 2018 BMW X5 won’t have anything in common with its predecessor. While the outgoing model shared its underpinnings with the 2007 X5, the upcoming version will use BMW’s new modular platform. It will also adopt a thoroughly revised exterior styling and a slew of technological enhancements.
BMW X5 Redesign 2018
The next-gen X5 will use the same CLAR (cluster architecture) platform as the new 7 Series. Thanks to the use of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber, the new underpinnings will bring a significant reduction in weight. According to some reports, the weight savings could range between 250 and 300 kg. On top of that, the new platform will lead to improved rigidity and fuel efficiency. Though heavily camouflaged, the spied test mule reveals that the new X5 will feature a more dynamic look. Expect its front end to receive a new grille design, while the rear end gets a redesigned tailgate. Generally speaking, the 2018 BMW X5 should feature a more streamlined shape compared to its predecessors. As for the interior design, we’re still awaiting more substantial reports.
2018 BMW X5 Specs
When it comes to the engine lineup, expect the 2018 BMW X5 to match the redesigned 5 Series. That basically means it will offer four-, six- and eight-cylinder powertrains, both gasoline- and diesel-powered. The new modular platform will allow for a plug-in hybrid drivetrain similar to the one found in the 530e. Rumor also has it that the rang-topping M variant will join the lineup at a later date. It is most likely to borrow its engine from the M5 that uses a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 making 600 hp.
With the arrival of the 2018 BMW X7, the X5 will no longer be the brand’s flagship SUV model. However, the all-new 2018 BMW X5 will be more than a worthy rival to the upcoming Mercedes GLE. Not only that, it should pose a great threat to the rest of this increasingly competitive segment.