New photos of the 2014 BMW X5 emerge from the cold and snowy Arjeplog.
Official production begins in August 2013 but we have already seen some computer generated images leaking onto the interwebs. The third and currently largest BMW SUV still goes through intensive winter testing and these latest spy shots give us a closer look at the graphics of the rear lights, as well as what appears to be a two-piece tailgate. As seen on the first two generations, it is apparently possible to only open the upper part of the tailgate separately and leave the bottom closed.
The F15 BMW X5 will be available starting at launch with the M Sport Package, Luxury Line and XLINE. As we have previously reported, the third-generation X5 is built on the architecture of the 5 Series, which makes a significant contribution to weight reduction of more than 100 kilograms – again despite growing dimensions. The lower weight is also laying the groundwork for smaller engines. For the first time in a BMW X5 four-cylinder engines will be installed, both in gasoline and in diesel.
Above this relatively economical entry-level engines, there will be, just as before, six and eight cylinders turbocharged engines. BMW also plans for a new X5 diesel hybrid with a four-cylinder engine.
The interior is especially designed with the Chinese customers in mind which implies an even more luxurious cabin and many options for customization. The use of the latest infotainment technology such as the new 3D iDrive, the iDrive touch controller and the multi-functional instrument display is a fairly common practice in the premium SUV segment.
Other gadgetry will include a Head Up Display, BMW Night Vision and adaptive full-LED headlights.
Update: Side-by-side shot with the current generation X5 – Photo by @palbay