The current generation BMW X5 was launched just three years ago, however, a replacement is said to be on the way in 2017. While it might seem illogical for BMW to kill the X5 so early in its lifespan, there is a good reason for it.
The new X5 is reported to share the underpinnings of the new 7 Series sedan by using BMW’s new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, which uses a mixture of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre. This increases the structural rigidity of the vehicle while reducing weight. The CLAR platform will also be used by BMW’s upcoming flagship SUV, the X7.
Engines likely to be offered in the new X5 include a 3.0L straight-six, a brand new twin-turbocharged V8 and a 6.0L V12 might find its way in the range-topping variants. A hybrid model is also hinted to join the ranks later on.
Cosmetically, we don’t expect the new X5 to look much different from the current car. BMW’s new design philosophy of extending the headlights all the way to meet the large and iconic kidney grille is expected to be carried over.