2018 BMW X5 undergoing road tests
Earlier development versions of the car have sported similar adaptations of the present X5’s exterior, but the new test vehicle reveals a new bumper and boot lid design.
An earlier version was seen with a set of bulky weights attached to its roof. This is a common testing method for cars that can be fitted with racks, this phase of testing was likely to determine chassis settings and weight distribution.
The next generation X5 will be based on the same platform as the 7-Series – the CLAR (cluster architecture) platform. That means it will be compatible with steel, aluminium, carbon fibre and magnesium construction, meaning a significant reduction in weight can be expected compared with the lightest of the current X5s – the xDrive35i, which comes in at 2030kg.
Following the launch of the standard X5 will be a plug-in hybrid, and a performance-based 600bhp-plus X5 M variant. BMW aim of launching performance editions early in their models’ lifecycles means we could expect to see the X5 M relatively promptly.
Insiders have reported that the new X5 line-up will offer an array of different engines – four, six and eight cylinder variants will be available. Launch is set to coincide with its main competitor, the new Mercedes GLE.
The face lifted edition of the present X5, which has been on the roads since 2013, will roll out sometime in the next few months, when the model undergoes its mid-life refresh.