- The G05 X5 will be revealed later this year.
- The SUV will be based on CLAR platform and will come with rear-wheel steering as well.
- The new X5 will have adaptive suspension along with the off-road package.
BMW has officially teased the upcoming fourth-generation X5 for the first time. The G05 X5 will be revealed later this year, and in the teaser images, we can see the test mule being tested on off-road courses around the world.
BMW states that the new X5 was tested on versatile grounds ranging from the polar circle in Sweden, gravel tracks in South Africa, desert dune of the USA to the notorious Nurburgring. The new-gen X5 will also introduce an entirely new suspension technology. According to BMW, the suspension and chassis are “virtually unique within the competitive field”. The Adaptive M Suspension will be controlled with the press of a button to suit the off-road driving condition. Moreover, the new X5 will also introduce four-wheel-steering in BMW’s X line-up.
The new X5 will move to BMW’s new CLAR platform which underpins the new 5 Series, 7 Series and M Performance models. It will retain its characteristic “SAV” body style, but it’s design language will be borrowed from the updated X4. The characteristic kidney grille will be larger than before. The interior images from the spy shots reveal an all-digital instrument cluster along with slightly tweaked dashboard. The floating infotainment screen will also be larger compared to the current car whereas the centre console is dominated by a host of buttons.
Under the hood, the upcoming X5 can house a range of petrol and diesel engine powertrains. Sometime later a hybrid variant will also be added to the line-up. The top-of-the-line variant will get a turbocharged V8 in the M50i guise until a fully-blown X5 M arrives sometime next year. The xDrive will be standard and the transmission is expected to be the eight-speed automatic.
After its global debut, BMW will promptly launch the new-gen X5 in India as well. It will continue its fray with the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 besides the Range Rover Velar and Porsche Cayenne.