We first began spying the next generation BMW X5 (F15) in January during its cold climate testing. BMW has now ratcheted up testing of the F15 X5 and moved to the Nurburgring to begin some serious track testing.
The F15 X5 is expected to weigh less than the current E70 X5 and ride on a modified version of the F10 5 series chassis. Expect both diesel and gasoline 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engine options. It should be introduced in late 2013 - early 2014 as a 2014 model year X5.
To here’s a recap of what we know about the 2014 X5 so far (with a reposting of the associated spy photos from our earlier coverage).
SIZE, SHAPE, STYLING
Judging by what has been previously spied, the X5 retains its muscular … CONTINUED
The camouflage on BMW prototypes usually comes off slowly like a strip tease as prototypes advance from one test stage to the next. But, this time we’ve spied some parts of the next generation 2014 BMW X5 (codename: F15) in exposed form much earlier than expected.
It looks like an automotive version of the Sci-Fi horror film Predator, but this post crash test X5 prototype actually reveals much - the headlight shape, hood lines, fenders, and the side body character line. Keep in mind that some of the lines and panels you see up front are distorted due to the crash test.
Judging by what’s seen here, the X5 retains its muscular shape and will not be much larger than the current E70 X5 (based on previous comparison … CONTINUED
Automobile speculates on and previews the next generation X5 and X6, which they’ve labeled as 2014 models and placed their debut of the X5 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, with the X6 to debut six months later.
So what can we expect for the third generation X5 and second generation X6? Read on…