2014 BMW F15 X5 Rendered, Could Get XL5 Long Wheelbase Version
BMW introduced its first generation X5 model back in 1999 as a 2000 model. Designed as a Sport Activity Vehicle, the new X5 borrowed some of its technology from the Range Rover, including the hill-descent control system and the two-piece tailgate design. The game was subsequently changed in 2006 with the introduction of a second generation, production of which started in 2007. The E70 was built on a new platform, with revised suspension and an improved xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.
We’re now seeing the facelifted version of the same E70 on the streets, since it was released last year, so the next logical step is a brand new platform addressing all the issues with the current generation. According to German publication AutoBild’s November issue, this F15, as it will be named, is coming in 2014.
It will probably be lighter and more efficient, but the biggest change is going to happen to its proportions. XL5 is the likely name for a long wheelbase version that’s being developed right now, which could serve as an answer to the Q7. After all, the X5 name is the oldest in the business, and it’s much more marketable than the rumored X7.