2018 BMW X5 will be built on the lighter CLAR architecture to save weight; will have a dynamic front end with larger kidney grilles
BMW’s worldwide sales largely depend on the SUVs as much as the sedan and there is no secret that the German company is working on next generation models of its popular X series of SUVs along with spending money on hybrid and electric models. The spy pictures of the all-new BMW X3 surfaced online recently and now the X5 claimed to be in its final production body has been doing rounds.
The spotted test mule points towards a more aggressive and pronounced look with enlarged signature kidney grilles leading the reworked front fascia. BMW seems to have fitted some fake elements on the prototype to deceive us with some unimportant lighting structures. The new X5 will be built on the same Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform as other SUVs in the range and will share components with the larger X5 and X7.
The new-gen X5 is going to be lighter by up to 300 kilograms and will have enhanced ride quality and fuel efficiency resultantly. Due to the new lightweight platform, it will have an added advantage of being able to accommodate plug-in hybrid powertrain systems which will be a good offering for markets like India.
Apart from that, it will have conventional four and six cylinder engines as seen on its sedan sibling the 5-Series. The range will feature a M performance version which could use the same mechanicals – a twin turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 making 600 hp – as in the highly popular M5.
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The interiors will mirror the 5-Series sedan as well with increased driver assistance and safety technologies than the current model. The forthcoming X5 is expected to be launched sometime in 2018 in global markets. Considering the fact that BMW often brings its new products in the same calendar year to India, we expect a market entry in 2018 itself.