Next BMW X5 will share underpinnings with the current 7 Series and have plug-in hybrid and performance variants

BMW's next-generation X5 and X5 M models are being tested on public roads, as the brand puts the finishing touches to its Porsche Cayenne-rivalling model range ahead of a 2017 launch.

The next-generation X5 will use the same platform as the 7 Series, on the CLAR (cluster architecture) platform. This platform supports steel, aluminium, carbonfibre and magnesium construction, so it's likely there will be a sizeable reduction in weight compared with the lightest of the current X5s, the xDrive35i, which tips the scales at 2030kg. 

Another recent sighting was of an X5 M. It was seen driving near the brand's test centre close to the Nürburgring with production-spec bodywork, suggesting the top model, which is predicted to have up to 600bhp from its twin-turbocharged V8 engine, could be launched soon after or alongside the regular car.

The next-generation X5 will use the same platform as the 7 Series, on the CLAR (cluster architecture) platform. This platform supports steel, aluminium, carbonfibre and magnesium construction, so it's likely there will be a sizeable reduction in weight compared with the lightest of the current X5s, the xDrive35i, which tips the scales at 2030kg. 

Sources close to BMW report that the next X5 line-up will feature a combination of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines. plug-in hybrid X5 will also follow.

The facelifted version of the current X5, which has been around since 2013, is due to make an appearance in the coming months, when the model is due to have a mid-life refresh.

The X5 will launch at roughly the same time as its arch-rival, the next Mercedes GLE. The model will no longer be the flagship of BMW's non-coupé SUV range - the X7 will take that crown when it arrives in 2018.

Our Verdict

BMW X5
The X5 uses in effect the same platform as the previous generation, but it's been substantially revised

BMW sticks to its well proven SUV formula with the new X5, delivering a competent and refined off-roader – but one that's lacking those few extra flourishes

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20 April 2016
Find that the side profiles of the BMW suv range look mighty ghastly and not balanced i.m.h.o.

20 April 2016
Find that the side profiles of the BMW suv range look mighty ghastly and not balanced i.m.h.o.

10 November 2016
Is what they remind me of. An old boot.

11 November 2016
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11 August 2017

 

 

 this is almost certainly the X7 .... 

1 May 2017
So the new X5 will share it's architecture with the 7 series,it'll be lighter but will it be bigger? and what size will be the X7? it looks like it's going to be in the same size as some of the larger American SUV's such as the Cadillac Escalade & Lincoln Navigator, is this a wise move for the European market?

1 May 2017
It is obviously entirely appropriate for a 4*4 to be tested and developed on a race track.

I saw a chap testing out a pair of brogues in my local woods last week as well. Incredible grip on moss and wet bracken.

19 May 2017
:)
Spanner

10 August 2017

The front grill looks a bit OTT.

10 August 2017

Have BMW updated their engines yet?   They're getting a really bad reputation for leaving customers with bills of thousands of pounds, replacying fuel pumps, injectors, coilpacks.   Sometimes more than the car is worth in repairs!

 

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