Saturday 21 January 2012

Spied: 2014 BMW X5

Spy photographers have snapped the first ever photos of the third-generation X5 large SUV that's currently undergoing testing in Germany and Sweden.

Codenamed F15, the newcomer looks more sporty, lower, and sleeker than its predecessor. Beneath the psychedelic disguise lies mature character lines and ever-so bulging wheelarches. To complement styling, the X5 will undergo a strict diet to make it lighter, leaner, and more fuel-efficient.

A longer wheelbase allows for more interior room and a
longer rear overhang potenitally houses a 3rd row of seats
Riding on a modified platform of the 5-Series (F10), the F15 will utilise new lighter axles that are 150kg (330lbs) lighter than the current ones.

The current engine range will be carried over in addition to two new four-cylinder engines; one petrol and one diesel, the latter expected to offer great tax-benefits. A diesel-hybrid model is rumoured that will be mated to a 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine and a 15kW electric motor, giving a combined power output of 221bhp (224PS/165kW). Minus the diesel-hybrid variant, we expect the cleanest model to emit under 160g/km of carbon emissions.

The current X5 M has sold in modest numbers but will continue for the next-generation, having proved rather popular in the U.S. Due in 2014 as a 2015 model year, the X5 may bow at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, followed by the next-generation X6 crossover six months later.


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