After only five years of building it, BMW is going to replace the current-gen X5 by an all-new model in 2018. Codenamed G05, the SUV will be based around the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) which is lighter, stiffer and more flexible than today’s platform.
The CLAR will be used by all future SUVs and passenger cars from the 3-Series and the X3 upwards. Featuring identical exterior measurements to the outgoing model, also design-wise the new X5 will be rather close to its predecessor – it’s more evolution than revolution.
But under the bonnet, a huge range of engine options will be available from the start: four, six and eight-cylinder engines will offer power up to 700bhp. Like its older siblings, the new X5 will be built in the Spartanburg factory in North Carolina, USA.