The fourth generation of the BMW X5 will see the SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) riding on the CLAR architecture, which has already proven itself on the 7 and 5 Series, while the modular platform will also serve other models, such as the almost-ready 2019 3 Series.
The second coming of the GLE will see the SUV moving to the MHA platform and as is the case with its Bavarian rival, the Merc will shed a bit of weight, despite growing in size.
Both models will feature at least one hybrid version, while their performance versions are also in the works.
In fact, we've already spied the 2019 BMW X5 M and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE63. Just like the 2018 M5 and E63, the two high-riding beasts will put on a monster show once they enter the comparison game. We're looking at super-SUVs mixing 600 hp outputs with rear-biased all-whee-drive systems (some even expect that all-rear driving modes of the said sedans to show up).
Keep in mind that their segment brings extremely fierce competition. We're talking about the 680 hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, the 707 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat and, of course, the Maserati Levante Trofeo, with its 590 hp Ferrari V8 motor.
Expect both the 2019 BMW X5 and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE to debut within the next few months.