The vehicle we saw a little bit earlier isn’t the facelifted, but the all-new generation BMW X5. The fourth-generation model is coming a little bit earlier than we expected, so this is the actual very first testing mule of the 2019 BMW X5, which should be introduced sometime in 2018. However, the camouflaged crossover is just a simple delusion, because the prototype uses the current generation body for testing, so we have to wait a little bit more to see the production sheetmetal. In any case, our insider explained us what the manufacturer plans to do, so here it is:
2019 BMW X5: Platform and Styling
According to him, the all-new 2019 BMW X5 won’t resemble the bigger X7 as we thought earlier. The carmaker will rather try something completely new and revolutionary. In addition to design, the popular vehicle is also getting totally different architecture. It will be underpinned by the new and highly scalable CLAR platform, which has been introduce with the BMW 7 Series, but it will also be used for the future 3, 5 and 6 series models. The architecture is characterized by the combination of aluminum and carbon fiber with high-strength steels. This way, the mid-size SUV will drastically cut its weight, and yet it will improve rigidity and safety. We have also founded that the new generation X5 will definitely get a few more inches as well as longer front overhang, so the comfort and handling should be additionally improved too. Stepping inside, the crossover will offer a little bit softer and more premium look. It will sport all-new infotainment system and larger display, while the carmaker plans to add a gesture control like we saw in the 7 Series. You can also expect remote parking system to be included too.
Performance and Price
As we explained the CLAR is highly modular rear-wheel-drive chassis, so it can also support almost every existing engine from BMW. Still, this doesn’t mean that the carmaker plans to add everything it has, but to choose the best choices for the 2019 X5. The most likely scenario includes a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that delivers 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0-liter diesel, but not with the US-model. The amazing 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine with 4445 hp will be in the offer for sure, yet some reports indicate that the outstanding SUV could also get a 6.0-litre V12 that will power the range-topping model. At the end, the 2019 BMW X5 will definitely offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain too.
The German car manufacturer will likely set a price a little bit higher, so the base new generation X5 should cost around $56K.