Autos Segredos reader Felipe Zarella has spied a next-gen BMW X5 test mule on test in Santa Barbara, California. The fourth generation X5 SUV is due out in 2020 when it will share the same underpinnings with the first X7 luxury SUV.
While this new BMW X5 looks very similar in proportion to the outgoing model, it actually seems to be a bit smaller. The front axle seems to be a bit more inboard than the current model’s, and is much closer to the dash. The same can be said for the rear axle, which places the rear wheels almost directly underneath the rear doors.
This would indicate a shorter wheelbase, which is somewhat odd given the state of modern cars growing with each new iteration. However, with BMW’s clever new Carbon Core technology, it’s possible that BMW is able to create a much smaller and lighter chassis while simultaneously growing interior passenger space. If the wheelbase has indeed been shortened, this could help with handling and make the X5 feel more nimble.
The rear-end stays closer to the design of the current model, but looks more refined, softer and more premium. The roof’s subtle spoiler gives the X5 a more slopping roofline for a sportier look.
The G05 X5 will be significantly lighter, as is the trend nowadays. It will also be more comfortable and techy, both of which would put it in line with the new 7 Series.