Now with the new BMW X3 revealed to the world, the attention of the BMW community turns towards the next X5 model. The road opener for the BMW SUV family is due for a refresh next year and judging by BMW’s recent design process, it will inherit some cues from the third-generation X3. The rendering below takes those cues into consideration and pairs them with design elements and proportions specific to the X5.
The front fascia features similar headlights and kidney grille as the new X3, while the lower area of the front-end stands out with large air curtains and sculpted “fangs” that give the X5 that desired sporty look. The side view features a more slopping roofline compared to the current generation X5, while the two character lines running from rear to front emphasize the dynamics of this car.
The production of the F15 X5 is scheduled to end in BMW’s Spartanburg plant in July 2018 with the new model slotted to being production shortly after. Built atop the CLAR architecture, the G05 X5 is going to shed some serious weight, the main reason why this revamp is in the works in the first place. A mix of magnesium, aluminum and even CFRP will be infused into its body and chassis, and they should prove providential in changing the way the car handles. Of course, it will impact the fuel consumption, in a positive way as well.
The model range will remain mostly the same. The sDrive35i and its all-wheel brother, the xDrive35i becoming 40i versions as they will get the new B58 3-liter straight six engine with its 320 HP. The same name change will be true for diesel versions as well. Of course, the xDrive40e plug-in hybrid will continue to be offered as will the V8 option in the guise of the xDrive50i.
With production set to kick off in August 2018, the first customers will get their new G05 X5 models by the end of next year.