We’re eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the new G05 BMW X5, which is expected to debut sometime this year. However, we no longer have to guess what it will look like, as official images of the SUV have surfaced online on the Russian automotive portal AutoReview.
From what we can see, the new X5 will feature a clear familial resemblance to the G01 X3. These include the trapezoidal headlights, here featuring three-dimensional, hexagonal “corona ring” daytime running lights, as well as blue detailing that hints of Laserlight technology – currently offered only on the i8 and 7 Series. The large eight-sided centre air intake on this M Sport model is also reminiscent of its smaller sibling.
One new design detail concern the huge double kidney grille, which are now joined together by a single chrome surround – similar to the upcoming BMW 8 Series that will be revealed soon. Moving to the side of the car, there’s the large Air Breather vents as well as a prominent upwards kink along the shoulder line towards the rear, emphasising the new X5’s hindquarters.
Speaking of which, the slimmer LED tail lights lose much of the L shape that has been a defining feature of BMW models, and they have large light guides that frame the lamps other functions, such as the reverse and indicator lights. It’s arguably less distinctive at the rear as a result, but what do you guys think?
No interior photos have been released just yet, but previous spyshots revealed a fully-digital instrument display, slim air vents and a new gearlever console. As we’ve seen on spyshots of other upcoming BMW models, these include a silver starter button, a shorter, stumpier gearlever and a large knurled iDrive knob. However, the toggle switches for the off-road gubbins and suspension ride height are new items.
Built on BMW’s latest Cluster Architecture (CLAR), the X5 will almost certainly be lighter by before – reports have provided a ballpark figure of between 230 and 270 kg, which is pretty substantial. It will also feature “new suspension and chassis systems” for the first time on an X model, according to the company.
These include the new off-road package that enables the vehicle setup to be adapted to suit a given terrain at the push of a button. Snow, sand, rocks and gravel roads were listed as examples, hinting at the modes that will be offered. It’s the first time we’ve seen a focus on off-road capability from BMW.
As for engines, the X5 is expected to feature the full complement of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, including plug-in hybrid models in the vein of the current xDrive40e variant. Also likely is an M Performance variant (M50i?) utilising the M550i‘s 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8, as well as a top dog X5 M using an uprated version of that same engine, from the new M5.
GALLERY: G05 BMW X5 spyshots