As a mid-size luxury crossover, the BMW X5 has not gotten enough changes in terms of design and engine specs. The third-generation model has been launched in 2013 as a 2014 model year with a code name BMW F15; it’s a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). However, the third-generation BMW X5 still shares the same basics as the second generation X5 introduced in 2007, including using the same chassis and wheelbase. Now the German automaker has been preparing the next-gen 2018 BMW X5 which is claimed to be very different from its predecessor. A recent report also revealed that the new model would get a redesign with new, more dynamic look.
The 2018 BMW X5 and the new X5 M crossover has recently been caught undergoing testing on public roads with heavy camouflage. Even on the Nürburgring circuit, this new model has been tested with production-spec bodywork and is powered by a powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine that is predicted to deliver 600 bhp. Also in terms of size, the latest generation model will likely have a larger size that will eventually increase the size of its interior space. The new SAV has a distinctive feature on the front end that features shark nose hood and new grille.
2018 BMW X5 Changes and Specs
According to Autocar, the next-gen X5 crossover will be built on the CLAR platform (cluster architecture) which is the same platform that can be found in the current BMW 7 Series. This is a BMW modular platform introduced for the first time in the 2016 BMW 7-Series and 2017 5-Series sedan. In addition, the CLAR platform should first be used by the 2018 BMW X3 crossover, so the new X5 will follow afterwards. This platform is claimed to provide significant weight reduction compared to the current generation model which is measured to have a weight of 2030 kg. That’s because the new platform consists of several lightweight materials such as magnesium, carbon fiber, aluminum and steel.
Well, all BMW SUVs based on the CLAR platform will be built at the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA. That’s why the redesigned 2018 BMW X5 will arrive faster to the market, since its production process has been streamlined. Speaking of the engine spec, the new 2018 BMW X5 will be available with several engine options that include four-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines. There will be also a plug-in hybrid variant and a high-performance model that should be offered in the upcoming 2018 BMW X5 M or it’s only available in the M Performance model. Unfortunately, there are no further details on engine specifications, power output, and torque. Since BMW has closed its powertrain specification information.
2018 BMW X5 Release Date and Price
Release date for the 2018 BMW X5 is set for around next year and will most likely be launched at the same time with the new Mercedes-Benz GLE as its key rivals. The upcoming X5 will also be dealing with its new competitors such as Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. Of course, there will be a price change for the new BMW X5 which is expected to increase between $150 – $350 from the current model since BMW will make changes to this crossover.
The gasoline-powered six-cylinder model with rear-wheel drive (sDrive35i) and all-wheel drive (xDrive35i) is expected to go on sale with price ranges from $57,945 -$60,245. Followed by a diesel variant (xDrive35d) which is expected to start at a price of $61,745. Meanwhile, the iPerformance xDrive40e plug-in hybrid variant will hit the US dealerships at a price of $64,495, followed by the xDrive50i model priced at $74,795.