Despite the current X5’s relatively short production life (it only arrived three years ago), the model’s successor is already in advanced stages of development. It could arrive next year using BMW’s new Cluster Architecture (CLAR), which is predominantly used as a rear-wheel drive structure but can also cater for four-wheel drive layouts.
The current 7 Series, for example, is available in both rear and all-wheel drive, and the same is expected with the next X5.
The CLAR platform uses a mixture of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbonfibre, increasing structural rigidity while saving weight. The next 5 Series is expected to shed 50kg compared with its predecessor thanks to CLAR.
Other models to use CLAR will include the next-generation 3 Series and 6 Series, although it’s not yet known if these models will get four-wheel drive options in the UK.