2019 BMW X5 caught testing with minimum camouflage

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We already reported that BMW is working on a new gen X5 instead of a normal facelift. While the test mule with production ready parts was spotted a while back, reports suggest that the new generation BMW X5will make its public debut later this year. The new generation X5 gets a host of cosmetic changes on the exterior as well on the inside, while it will be based on the company’s CLAR platform. Under the hood, reports say that BMW will fit in a new and more powerful engine to improve it from its predecessor, while there are chances that the company might fit the SUV with a plug-in hybrid option as well.

Visible changes to the exterior include the new production LED headlights, fog lights and the huge front grille. The new look up front gives the X5 a muscular and brawny stance, much improvement from its previous version. In profile, the roof gets a slight arch so that the X5 has sleek look, but not too steep to make it look like X6. The D-pillar is quite thick, which may be hindrance to the visibility. There are LED fog lamps on the test vehicle, and the side’s character line pronounces the car’s hip shape more clearly.

The taillights show a rearrangement on the back hatch, but the greenhouse will not deviate much from the 2015-on version. However, to counter this, BMW has installed driver-assistance system to help the driver get out of tricky situation. At the back, the camouflage doesn’t give much, but the exhaust pipes are visible at the bottom of the bumper. Giving the X5 and X7 a comparable look only creates sense, as the X7 will take the X5’s place as the flagship SUV in BMW’s portfolio, and certainly anyone choosing an X5 will not want to be perceived as driving a lesser model. At the heart of the new generation X5 will be the same engine and might get a new engine options as well. Along with the bi-turbo 4.4-litre V8, the new generation X5 will also get a hybrid version, which will also debut this year.