Just a few weeks have passed since BMW released 'official spyshots' of the next-generation X5. It didn't take long for the German automaker to take the camouflage off as the long-running crossover goes official. Perhaps coincidentally, their rivals from Audi also unveiled an X5-sized crossover to the market. Needless to say, it's a big day for German crossovers.
The all-new X5 doesn't stray far from the brand's current design language. Its pair of large kidney grills, along with the angular headlights, are reminiscent of its smaller sibling, the X3. Speaking of which, Adaptive LED headlights are standard with Laserlight being an option. For now, it's only the M Sport model they're mostly showing off and that it gets large corner air intakes and a lower front apron. Opt for the xLine trim and it gets a little more ground clearance, unpainted plastic moldings and a different look to the corner air intakes.
Its sides on the other hand appears to be more evolutionary in its redesign. Of course, the signature Hoffmeister Kink makes an appearance towards the rear of the upward sweeping window line. There is a bolder character line running through the sides, which also kinks upwards to have a 'coke-bottle' look. As for the rear, it comes with a split rear tailgate (like a Range Rover) and it loses the classic L-shaped tail lights which have defined the X5 for almost 20 years.
Inside, front passengers are greeted by a cascading dashboard fascia. Polygonal shapes dominate the cabin of the all-new X5, from the aircon vents to the door handles. Drivers on the other hand get BMW's new, fully-digital instrument cluster, which will soon make an appearance in the upcoming 8 Series range. Sticking to tradition, the center stack of the all-new X5 is tilted towards the driver, a BMW signature. It also gets BMW's new iDrive infotainment system with Gesture Control being an option.
If you plan to carry more people in the X5, BMW is offering a seven-seat option for the big crossover. A control panel in the cargo area can be used to slide the second-row seats forwards or backwards and fold down the backrests of the second and third rows. The second-row seats can be tilted forward electronically to ease entry/exit into and out of the two third-row seats.
Upon launch, there will be four variants available for the X5, namely the X5 40i, X5 40d, X5 50d and X5 50i. As for engines, it starts with a 3.0-liter, inline-six turbodiesel with 265 PS, moving up to 340 PS for the straight-six, gas-fed mill. The same 3.0-liter turbodiesel gets uprated in the X5 50d, producing 400 PS. Topping the range is a 4.4-liter V8 with 462 PS, also turbocharged.