The third-generation BMW X5 has been in service for the better part of five years now and it is starting to show its age against modern rivals like the Volvo XC90. BMW is set to regain lost ground with a little teaser of the next-generation X5.
To ensure that the new Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is as durable and dynamic as the generation before it, the prototype model is being put through its paces from the depths of the polar circle to the Green Hell that is the Nürburgring. The prototype X5 must not only withstand the world’s different climates but also master every kind of terrain.
BMW has hinted that the new-generation model will bring the X5’s all-round, all-terrain capabilities to the next level with a new suspension set up, chassis and off-road drive mode calibration. Through these real-world tests, the X5 meets BMWs expectations of agility, precision, control and comfort thanks to the Adaptive M Suspension Professional and the Integral Active Steering – both are new technologies being offered for the first time.
The heavily-camouflaged prototype wears an enlarged kidney grille, adaptive LED headlamps with “corona ring” LED daytime running lights, a never-seen-before multi-spoke alloy wheel design and a radar cut out on the front apron. While there are no hints of the interior, expect the X5 to follow a similar cabin design as the new G30 5 Series and G02 X4.
BMW did not hint on a release date, but we can expect the X5 to present itself this year at the soonest or by early 2019.
New BMW X5 Protoype