We have just learned that the 2014 BMW X5 will kick off its production lines in August of this year. Production of the current E70 model ends in July 2013. The only model that will come to market later in the year or early 2014 is the diesel variant.
Built at the Spartanburg plant, which just posted record production volumes, the F15 X5 is based on the architecture of the 5 Series which provides significant contribution to weight reduction – more than 100 kilograms – despite the ever growing dimensions – along with a sportier driving experience. The lower weight also lays the groundwork for smaller engines to be used in the X5, like both petrol and diesel four-cylinder units.
Design wise, the F15 X5 will have headlights flow into the kidney grille, creating a 3D effect along with a sportier look. The front bumper will incorporate air vents as seen on some M models. The 2014 X5 will feature more flowing character lines and sculpted surfaces.
We anticipate a public debut for the F15 X5 at this year’s New York International Auto Show.