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2018 BMW X5 Spied, Will Offer a More Dynamic Design

Earlier this month, the 2018 BMW X5 test cars finally left the test mule shape behind, moving on to the pre-production prototype shape. We are now back on the topic with a new set of next-gen X5 spyshots that seem to offer a dynamic design perspective.
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Underneath all the heavy camo that still covers the test car, the SAV appears to pack multiple details that point out to the conclusion above, with the generously-sized kidney grilles being an example as good as any - efficiency fans shouldn't fret, as the active shutter system means the humongous nostrils of the high-riding Bimmer won't affect its aero efficiency.

Codenamed G05, this will be the fourth generation of the X5. Yes, the F12 launched in 2014 is still considered a generation, despite packing the chassis of its E70 predecessor. This time around, though, the CLAR modular architecture that we've already seen at work on the 2016 7 Series and the 2017 5 Series, will bring major changes.

The 2018 BMW X5 will grow compared to the current model, while not becoming large enough to endanger the now-confirmed X7. Neverthehess, with the platform making use of materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium, the scale footprint of the SAV could drop by up to 330 lbs (150 kg).

The new platform will also increase tosional stiffness compared to the current model. Factor in the obvious suspension changes and we might end up with an SAV that manages to overcome the rather vague driving experience provided by the current vehicle.

We haven't been able to take a peek inside the vehicle yet, but the architecture change will up the ante on both the rear passenger space and luggage capacity fronts. The Bavarians should also improved perceived materials quality, thus bringing the X5 on par with rivals such as the second-generation Audi Q7 or the Mercedes-Benz GLE, with the latter set to receive a new generation in 2018 (here are the latest 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE spyshots).

Configuring a G05 X5 will be a complex adventure, as, for example, the seriously rich engine line-up inherited from the 5 and 7 Series will bring plenty of possibilities. However, those aiming for the special powertrain versions, such as the hybrid, plug-in hybrid or the X5 M will have some extra waiting to do compared to customers targeting the normal versions of the SAV, which will arrive next year.


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