The facelifted BMW X5 is almost production-ready and will be launched at the Geneva motor show.
The mid-life refresh will include engine tweaks that are likely to improve economy and driveability, with a mildly refreshed exterior.
Minimal camouflage covers a restyled front bumper, which is virtually identical to the one seen on the X6, and marginally sleeker front lights.
The aim is to soften the X5 and make it appear lighter and less aggressive. BMW is aware that big SUVs are perhaps less socially acceptable than they once were, responding in part with the 5-series GT.
The rear lenses will be restyled to match the latest BMW range and the bumper will be smoothed.
Expect a next-generation iDrive system inside and a larger LCD display screen from the 5-series GT.
Following the Geneva launch the facelifted X5 will go on sale in the UK next summer.