Apparently, the next generation of the BMW X5 will hit the roads earlier than it was with the previous generations. The typical seven-year lifespan is now reduced to five years and the 2018 BMW X5 will be the fourth-generation entry. The prototype of the upcoming X5 was spotted on several occasions with the thin camouflage which hides most of details but it is obvious that new X5 will feature more dynamic exterior design. The model will also be built on the top of the new, larger but lighter platform and will offer the range of upgraded diesel and petrol engines. The Bavarian brand will likely please the fans with the M-badged version but the plug-in hybrid is also planned. BMW will also improve interior comfort and upgrade electronics.
2018 BMW X5: Larger but lighter and more aggressive-looking
Judging by the contours hidden under the thin layer of camo, the new 2018 BMW X5 will sport more dynamic appearance than the ongoing version. Obviously, visual changes on the new generation X5 are not radical but body lines seem to be more refined and softer while some areas are more aggressively styled. The model will have pronounced nose and larger version of the kidney grille. The roofline also seems to fall slightly faster and rear spoiler also extends it adding sportier feel. The new X5 will also have a more sculpted tailgate and dual exhaust outlets in the rear bumper.
However, a more dynamic appearance just hides more important changes that happened under the refreshed sheet metal. The basis of the new X5 is a modular CLAR platform that debuted on the 7-Series sedan. This modular architecture is structured from the lightweight combo of aluminum, carbon fiber reinforced polymer and high-tensile steel which guarantee improved strength and rigidity. However, despite the X5 will be slightly larger, modern design of the platform will make it lighter. Effects will be seen on model’s dynamics and performance but the new platform also means upgraded electronics and safety features.
Interior of the model will also experience makeover. The more comfortable ride will be provided thanks to the larger body. The cabin design will also feature refreshed materials and trims but familiar horizontal-oriented dash design and other aspects won’t stray far from the current version and BMW’s vehicle line.
The new generation X5 will also get upgraded infotainment system and its features but BMW should also follow the latest trends in the safety aspect. BMW will, of course, equip this model with loads of comfort enchantments and other luxuries but more we will know closer to model’s debut.
2018 BMW X5: Powertrains
Under the hood department will get upgraded engine versions with improved performance and efficiency. Depending on the market, the 2018 BMW X5 will arrive with the new versions of the 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder engines. The model will utilize the new B-family of engines. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel units will be available on the Old Continent in sDrive25d and xDrive25d configurations. The 30d and 40d models will get the new B47 units. The xDrive35i version will evolve to xDrive40i with the new B58 engine. The twin-turbo V-8 will again be employed. We should also expect the M performance version to follow the regular version. The plug-in hybrid is also in the plan.
Unfortunately, BMW hasn’t said what level of improvement in performance and efficiency would new engines provide. When it comes to the US version, we expect the 3.0-liter petrol to jump from 300 hp to around 325 hp. The diesel engine won’t likely feature such level of improvement. The twin-turbo V-8 would likely stay around 445 hp but BMW might add a new entry four-cylinder engine option.
2018 BMW X5: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 BMW X5 is expected in late 2017. Price changes won’t be radical.