The new BMW X5 will be revealed later this year and as part of the build-up, BMW has released images of a disguised model undergoing testing.
This is very much a first tease, rather than a detailed tech preview. All BMW’s saying is that it’s undergoing testing across the world, at locations including the Nürburgring, the polar circle, the USA, South Africa and various other locations.
With the fourth-generation model, says BMW, “the car’s all-round talents are brought to the fore as prominently as never before,” thanks to new suspension and chassis systems. These “are available for the first time in a BMW X model and are virtually unique within the competitive field”.
Details will follow, but BMW does say the new offroad package offers a combination of fine road comfort and optimum off-road configurability “at the press of a button”. The new X5 will also feature Adaptive M Suspension Professional and Integral Active Steering for the first time.
The heavily disguised images show a car that seems larger than the outgoing model, with a more squared-off rear end, presumably to liberate more space for rear passengers – particularly those in the third row.
An enlarged and hexagonal front grille – possibly similar to that on the striking new BMW X7 – is visible at the front, as is a contoured bonnet and the latest style of BMW daytime running light LEDs within the headlights.
What else do you see? Let us know – and if you can’t see much more than us, don’t worry. BMW’s now in preview mode so it won’t be long before more of the new X5 is slowly uncovered…