It is known that the next-generation BMW X5 will be coming out soon. Given that the brand has been making a high-performance model of it from the start, it was perhaps inevitable that the fourth-generation model will be getting the M treatment as well. Our spies have caught the crossover testing and got a closer look at the more potent X5.

Spied: A closer look at the next-gen BMW X5 M

This being the high-performance model, the X5 M comes with new styling touches to separate it from its lesser-powered models. Large corner air intakes with a honeycomb pattern are present, along with a deeper chin. Fenders at the front and rear have been widened to accommodate what may likely be specially-tuned M suspension. Side skirts also appear to be different from the previous photos and at the back are four large exhaust pipes, a signature M Division touch.

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Spied: A closer look at the next-gen BMW X5 M

Furthermore, it looks like the X5 M is already wearing its production alloy wheels, at least in front. The multi-spoke wheels draw inspiration from the M3 and M4 Competition Package. These 21-inch wheels are shod in wide 295/35 R21 tires. Hiding behind the wheels are a set of larger diameter brakes, which are cross-drilled in this case.

Spied: A closer look at the next-gen BMW X5 M

As for the rest of the car, it appears largely similar to the ones photographed in the past. There's the larger, wider kidney grill which the new BMW models adapt, along with a modern interpretation of the “shark nose” front end. At the back, there is a rounder quarter panel, as well as an upward sweeping window line. Of course, there's the Hoffmeister kink at the rear window, sticking to BMW tradition.

Spied: A closer look at the next-gen BMW X5 M

Power is most probably sourced from the M5 with its 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. With that, power is pegged at 600 PS and 750 Nm of torque. That means it is possible that it will also use the M5's sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. Expect the all-wheel drive system to be tweaked by the M Division as well.