Lightly camouflaged model caught in Germany; Detroit 2010 launch expected

These are the clearest pictures yet of the facelifted BMW X5, which was captured by our spy photographers around a plant in Germany.

Sporting only minor camouflage, the spy pictures show its new X6-style front headlights and the familiar kidney front grille similar to the one seen on the recently launched BMW 5-series GT.

The front bumper is almost identical to the one found on the BMW X6, with larger air intakes and new front fog light surrounds.

A new bumper at the rear features, while other additions at the rear include new lights and a trapezoid-shaped exhaust system.

Interior deisgn tweaks have not been captured yet, but a next-generation iDrive system and a larger LCD display screen are expected to feature.

The engine range is expected to remain relatively unchanged, although BMW’s new 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel, a revised straight-six 3.0-litre turbochraged petrol unit and 4.4-litre V8 unit from the BMW X6 xDrive 50i could all be added to the range.

No release date has been confirmed, but expect the new BMW X5 to be launched at the Detroit motor show next year before going on sale later in 2010.


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moe360 12 September 2009

Re: BMW X5 facelift spied

Dan McNeil wrote:
Think you'll find the BMW Spartanburg plant is in South Carolina, USA. Come on Autocar, get a feckin' grip.
L0L, come on Autocar. I got to agree with Dan that was just poor, I can see someone has been online to edit this mistake :)

Topkat 11 September 2009

Re: BMW X5 facelift spied

It looks better, but yo...