Even though Spring is upon us, BMW continues its winter testing in Sweden, this time around with the next generation BMW X5.
The BMW G05 X5, as is known internally, hides under its camouflage a new, more dynamic look dominated by the pronounced nose and massive kidney grille. 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.
Under the sheet metal of the G05 X5 you’ll find a new chassis that was developed on top of the Cluster Architecture platform. The new X5 will be using aluminum and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) extensively, and it will shed some considerable weight from the car’s hips, enhancing its driving dynamics.
In terms of powerplants, the new generation B-family of mills will be used, from 2-liter diesel engines with two turbochargers on the EU-only sDrive25d and xDrive25d to the new B57 units for 30d and 40d models. The N63 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo petrol mill will be kept along for the xDrive50i model while the xDrive35i will transform into xDrive40i once the N55 3-liter straight six engine is replaced by the new B58 engine.
A new BMW X5 M is also planned, along with a plug-in hybrid.