With almost three years before the public debut, Automobile Magazine brings to light new information on the next generation BMW X5 and X6 SAVs. According to the popular magazine, both models are based on a new components set known in-house as “X for all.”
For the X5 and X6, “X for all” means new axles derived from the F10 5 Series sedan. According to BMW, these will reduce the weight by up to 330-pounds. As a result, the lightest X5 replacement is said to undercut the two-ton mark by a small yet significant margin.
In the new design, BMW intends to offer the optional active steering, a self-leveling air suspension and Adaptive Drive, which employs adjustable anti-roll bars. As with all the new BMW models, the future F15 X5 and F16 X6 will incorporate technologies like lane departure warning, night vision, park assist, active cruise control and traffic sign recognition.
Design wise, the interior goes through an extensive revamp. The magazine says the cabin layout will resemble the one found in the 5 Series GT, with a focus on luxury and driver orientation.
According to our own sources, the new 2013 BMW X5 is said to feature more flowing character lines and sculpted surfaces that will broaden the design of the X family. At the front end, the new X5 will feature a more imposing kidney grille, larger and wider than in the current model. The headlights will get the LED treatment and the shape will follow the design seen on some of the recently unveiled models.
The taillights will be slightly redesigned as well. Using the layering concept seen on the Vision concepts, the T-shaped taillights add more depth to surfaces and are less wrapped around the body.
On the side, the character line is being enhanced, as we have seen on the new X3 as well. Expect to see more convex/concave shapes with 3D layering enhancing its masculine look. It is unknown at the moment if the dimensions of the new X5 will be increased, the current X5 can already accommodate 7 passengers if needed.
For the 2014 X6, BMW will work to improve the practicality of the Sports Activity Coupe. A redesigned stern improves visibility and creates quantifiably more rear headroom. Wider rear doors ease entry and exit. The new X6 also gets a more dynamic looking greenhouse.
To make use of the new four-cylinder turbocharged engines, the entry-level X5 and X6s will be equipped with 2.0 liter diesels developing 245 hp and 260 lb-ft, and a 2.0 liter gasoline unit – 245bhp and 260 lb-ft.
Perhaps the most exciting engine BMW has up its sleeve, though, will be the twin-turbo diesel shoehorned into the X5/X6 50d. The high-performance oil-burning straight-six develops 405 hp, but it may not reach the U.S. shore. Hybrids are still in play and the new variants will feature a 110 hp electric motor housed into a ZF nine-speed automatic, and will initially be paired with a 350-hp inline-six.
The new F15 BMW X5 will debut in 2014, and the F16 X6 a year later.
[Source: Automobile Magazine ]