The 3rd generation of the X5 has been revealed back in 2013 and it went on sale shortly after. Despite being quite new, the car is set to be replaced by an all-new model soon enough. Why? Well, even though it hasn’t been around for long, the current model is actually based on the same platform as its predecessor. This means it isn’t as good to drive, or even as safe, as some of its newer rivals. On top of that BMW is also looking to streamline their manufacturing process and they can’t really do that with the old X5. The car that will change all of it will be the future 2019 BMW X5 which has already been spied a few times now. It looks like the development process might be nearing its completion, so the car is likely only months away from its reveal.
Photos of test cars wearing a lot of camouflage were taken near Spartanburg facility in South Carolina. The blue vehicle that was spotted might be the M version while the black model most likely represents the luxury-oriented variant of X5.
With the huge amount of camo on it, it is hard to get a good look at the production-ready SUV, but combine these images with Concept X7 iPerformance that was unveiled a few months ago. As a result, we think that the new model will certainly bring a huge kidney grille and aggressive fascia.
The German company opted not to significantly modify X5 that has been available on the market since 2013, and it was originally based on the platform that was offered in 2007. – Update 11.8.2017
2019 BMW X5 Review
Unlike its predecessor, the new X5 will be based on an entirely new platform. The car will be built on BMW’s CLAR modular chassis which also underpins their new 5 and 7 Series.
Thanks to it the X5 is expected to shed north of 400 pounds of weight. Its structural rigidity will be also vastly improved which will not only make the car safer. It will also allow BMW’s engineers to provide better NVH levels and a far better ride quality than before.
Redesign – M version
Thanks to the camouflaged test mules we have a pretty good idea about the looks of the 2019 BMW X5. Even though the early rumors were saying the car was not going to change much, this is not really true.
In fact, the new X5 will receive many subtle updates in order to look like a brand new vehicle. From the spy shots, we can clearly see the kidney-grilles will be far larger than before.
The X5 will also get much slimmer headlights which will now be swept towards the back. The unusual intake under the grille will be gone as well. The bumper will feature large intakes even on the base models while the beefier wheel arches will make it seem a bit more muscular than before.
Just like before, it looks like BMW may release a high-performance version from the start. The X5 M is set to boast a far more aggressive body kit, considerably wider wheels than the base model as well as a quad-exhaust system.
One of the biggest unknown factors about the 2019 BMW X5 is the way its cabin is going to look. Unfortunately, all the prototypes either had their dashboard covered or they had placeholders instead of the production items.
Even so, it is safe to assume the car will share quite a few parts of the 5 Series. Expect the X5 to boast a very minimalist design when compared to its predecessor and also expect one of the best set of materials in its class.
Some also suggested the car was going to receive a full digital set of controls on the center stack with a screen instead of physical buttons. While this would likely look great, it wouldn’t be that great to use so it is highly unlikely for it to get it.
Engine and Specs
The base model of the 2019 BMW X5 is more than likely going to feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four gasoline engine with over 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
|2018 BMW X5 sDrive35i||Short Specs|
|Engine||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6|
|Gas Mileage||18/25 mpg City/Hwy|
|Body Style||Sport Utility|
Further up the range, the car will feature a mix of 3.0-liter engines, powered by either gasoline or diesel, which should be able to provide anything between 230 and as much as 370 horsepower and north of 400 lb-ft of torque.
The range-topping X5 M, on the other hand, will likely retain the 4.4 liters twin-turbo V8. For this particular application, the engine will offer closer to 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque which may allow the M X5 to become the fastest crossover on the market.
All cars will more than likely receive an 8 speed automatic as standard but things could change and BMW may eventually offer a manual in some markets.
2019 BMW X5 Release date and Price
The end of 2018 is the time when we can expect the new BMW X5 on the market. Production will be at the BMW’s Spartanburg factory.
In terms of pricing not much is going to change which is mostly thanks to the new chassis which will allow BMW to focus on the unique features of the X5.
|Let's compare||MSRP From|
|2018 BMW X5||$57,000|
|2018 Lexus GX||$52,000|
|2018 Audi Q7||$50,000|
|2017 Volvo XC90||$45,800|
|2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport||$65,700|
|2017 Cadillac Escalade||$73,400|
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