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
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.