Spied: 2019 BMW X5 bares more details

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Next-gen BMW X5 slated for mid-2018 reveal

As its launch date draws nearer, the fourth-generation BMW X5 is starting to show more details under the camouflage. Our spies have caught the E-segment crossover no longer donning false panels. What you see here is the final shape of the next-generation X5.

This particular test car varies slightly from the one snapped back in August. Whereas the previous car sported laser-powered headlights, it appears that the car here is using conventional LEDs. That said, it has a different light signature as well. A closer look also reveals a wider grill, following the brand's current corporate look.

Our spies report that the car they took photos of is the M Performance model. Some of the cues hinting the sportier variant are the more aggressive wheel and tire combination and the blue multi-piston brake calipers. Towards the rear, there is a rounder rear quarter panel, as well as an upward sweeping window line. Expect the signature 'Hoffmeister Kink' to make an appearance as wel. Our spies have also revealed the code name of the 2019 X5, which is G05.

Like all the new rear-wheel drive based BMW's, the next-gen X5 uses the CLAR modular platform that debuted with the BMW 7-Series and has been applied to the 5 Series and X3, to name a few. This architecture features an extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber.

As for engines, expect six and eight-cylinder turbocharged gas engines. For the diesel lineup, four and six-cylinder motors will likely reside under the hood. An X5 M is also in the pipeline, so is a plug-in hybrid model, likely to be under the iPerformance brand. Our spies say that the 2019 BMW X5 will be fully revealed by August 2018.

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