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Spy Photos: BMW X5 Facelift getting closer to launch

Spy Photos | September 23rd, 2009 by 3
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Not a breakthrough yet, but the facelifted BMW X5 continues to be spied during testing sessions. With a launch date set for early 2010 and …

Not a breakthrough yet, but the facelifted BMW X5 continues to be spied during testing sessions. With a launch date set for early 2010 and an early debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the life cycle impulse X5 is starting to show its new design changes.

As we learned in the past, the upcoming LCI model will feature an “X6ish” front-end, starting with the X6-style headlights which will replace the current ones. A new set of signal indicators are visible as well and from what we can see, similar to the ones found on the 3 Series Sedan facelifted model.

If the headlights are imported from the X6 model, the front-bumper, while still aggressive, is slightly different.  Judging by the rear-end spy photos seen over at Xbimmers, a similar bumper upgrade follows. Rumors say that the 2010-2011 model will feature a one-piece hatch for the first time.

Spy Photos: BMW X5 Facelift getting closer to launchThe X5 LCI will also feature new trapezoid exhaust tips.

Inside, the one much needed upgrade is the new generation iDrive which features the hard drive based navigation system, a revised iDrive knob controller and a larger, crisper LCD screen.

Unfortunately no official information on the engine offerings for the LCI X5 and despite the rumors of a six-cylinder twin-turbo engine being available, we can’t confirm anything at this time.

  • Lance

    Looks the same! Not much difference.

  • X5SoB

    So now my X5 won’t look brand new anymore. Thanks alot! It looks like the shape of trailing edge of the headlight cover will remain blunted, not pointy like the X6 and X5M, thats a good thing. I think the X5 and X6 should be more differentiated from each other, not less.

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