The third-generation BMW X5 will make its debut in 2014 and test mules are currently being tested both in Europe and on U.S. soil. A heavily camouflaged prototype was spotted by our reader Romain
in Germany near Miramas, France, where BMW has a testing facility.
Built under the internal codename F15, the new BMW X5 will 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 is rumored to mimic the one seen on the recently unveiled F30 3 Series sedan.
The taillights will be slightly redesigned and now have more depth to surfaces and are less wrapped around the body.
From the side, the character line is being enhanced, following the design seen on the new X3. We also expect to see more convex/concave shapes with 3D layering enhancing its masculine look.
Size wise, the new X5 will maintain the current dimension of the premium SAV.
Under the hood, the F15 X5 will feature both petrol and diesel units, as well as the ActiveHybrid technology with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel engine. The internal combustion engine is aided by a 15 kilowatt electric motor that ads another 17 horsepower on top of the 204 already delivered by the diesel power unit.