Next-gen BMW X5 is (likely) just a few months away

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BMW officially previews fourth-generation X5

BMW has officially kicked off the all-new X5's teaser campaign.

With that, the Bavarians have released the first images of the fourth-generation model of their pioneering crossover. Unlike some previews that show off the vehicle as a shadowy figure, BMW has shown off the entire car, albeit still wearing its prototype camouflage. In essence, the images are official spy shots straight from the automaker.

For the next-generation X5, BMW claims that it is one of the most extensively tested models they have made before it hits production. Tested both in the heat of Death Valley, to the zub-zero tempratures of Arjeplog, Sweden, the 2019 X5 also went through vigorous off-road testing. Further testing was conducted on the BMW Group’s testing grounds in Miramas in the South of France, as well as the high banks of the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, USA. Handling was further honed in the demanding Nürburgring Nordschliefe in Germany, as seen by the several photos our spies have sent us.

You won't get much out of the official photos BMW provided as these are largely similar to the spy photos from the past couple of months. To recap, its grill shows thicker, chrome-finished slats and, like most BMW offerings lately, the grill itself is larger than before, extending all the way to the bumper. Headlights meanwhile comprise of slim units which are reminiscent of its smaller sibling, the X3. Also, it has BMW's signature 'corona rings' (daytime running lights), now more angular for the all-new model.

BMW did mention two new options that will be offered for the X5 for the first time. First is Adaptive M Suspension Professional, which hints at a high-performance model might be joining the range. The second is Integral Active Steering, which increases steering angle at lower speeds. As for engines, there is no official word just yet but expect a range of turbocharged gas and turbodiesel models as the bread and butter models. A plug-in hybrid version is also likely as well.

Given that it took three months for BMW to fully reveal the all-new X3 from teaser its initial teaser, it is possible that it might be the same case for the X5. Like the past three generations, the all-new X5 will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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