The facelifted BMW X5 is due to be released next year and the vehicle is currently being tested across the country. As we pointed out before, the changes in the MY10 models are mostly happening at the front-end and overall this is a minor facelift.
BMW decided to use the same front bumper from the X6, a decision that has confused a lot of BMW fans. There is also a rumor that the headlights will be identical to the X6 ones, but the test mule spotted was still featuring the X5 type of lights.
Sources close to Carscoop state that subtle changes will take place at the rear as well, including new wheels and an updated interior. It has already been confirmed that the 2010 BMW X5 and X6 models will receive the new updated iDrive system, including the hard drive based navigation.
No news on the engine offerings, but if we were to listen to the rumors going around, a new 3.0 liter twin-turbo diesel might make its way into the X5 models, an engine that outputs 306 horsepower and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) at just 1,500 rpm. Same engine will be used in the BMW 735d.
BMW consumers are also hoping to see the multiple award-winning 3.0 liter twin-turbo gasoline engine offered in the entry level xDrive30i model, a decision that will boost the power on the entry level X5 from 260 horsepower to 306.
Since the new model production will most likely start in September, we should hear more about the facelifted X5 next month.