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Next-gen BMW X5 spied


Expected to go on sale only in 2018, spy images showing the next generation BMW X5 undergoing testing in Germany have surfaced online.

Although still wearing sizable amounts of camouflage, the prototype does betray the newcomer's silhouette which now takes after the X1, while its underpinnings will be shared with the forthcoming 5-series and recently unveiled 7-series.

According to reports, the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium will result in a substantial weight reduction of between 250-300 kg compared to the current F15 generation X5.

On the power side, expect the X5 to mirror the engine line-up of the 5-series with a range of four, six and eight-cylinder TwinPower petrol options, as well as four and six-cylinder turbodiesels. A plug-in hybrid model as per BMW iPerformance sub-range and a high performance X5 M will become available in due course.


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