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AutoUnion 01-11-2012 05:51 PM

Spied: next-gen BMW X5

Large cars are becoming less popular. And what does BMW? Which allows the X5 to grow. Of course, this also has its reasons, firstly the distance the bigger X3 preserve, but also because it just may, by the latest technology.

The new BMW X5 may have a bit larger than its predecessor, according to our spy photographer who this prototype near BMW's headquarters in Munich captured so he does not have. This information makes us immediately think of a new generation of premium SUVs already risen. For example, we call the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. Names of both the external dimensions compared to their predecessors, but they know it great to cover up by clever design tricks. Undoubtedly BMW same drawing technique used from the new X5. 7-seater that increase had actually called to the position of the BMW X5 not compromising now the X3 in size quite close to his brother has come to lie. Then, the extra space created within the possible option of two seats on the interior to add. Let 7-seaters are still very popular in the United States, an important market for the X5.

the latest automotive innovations make it possible, even though cars grow, they still lighter, cheaper and cleaner than they used to be. Similarly, the fourth generation BMW X5. Lighter materials are used and more efficient engines and deliver improved performance through refinement. It is expected that the current BMW engine range of the new X5 will be largely unchanged, so it has taken a closer look. Potential newcomer - like BMW dares - the "28i", the four-cylinder turbo engine with 245 horsepower. Realising the potential of the BMW engine does not have to leave. Well, almost certainly the arrival of an ActiveHybrid, if only because there are "hybrid" standing up, is always good as gewetensusser. For when the new BMW X5 exactly on the agenda is uncertain. Sometime in 2013 anyway.

quackbury 01-11-2012 07:29 PM

Another victim of the EU pedestrian standards. The higher hood line that looks silly on the F30 looks downright dreadful here. And what's with that monstrous grill opening? Are we trying to steal Lincoln customers (all 7 of them)?

The accompanying story takes the cake. Almost like somone used Google Translate to go from German to Farsi to Banto to Mandarin to Ebonics and then finally to English. Yikes!

gcaa 01-11-2012 07:53 PM

It's tough to tell from the photo but the car does not look any bigger than the current X5 to me. The front reminds me of the new 5 series sedan in the side view photo posted here.

UncleJ 01-12-2012 09:01 AM

The competition is heating up. They also need a bigger third row to compete with the new entries from Infiniti and others. Looks like the "ultimate driving machine" might be the new X3 35i now.:angel:

serge1 01-12-2012 09:48 AM

X3 is definitely as big as previous generation X5. But the design - Yikes! The desiger should have been taken out the back and shot.

kanar200 01-12-2012 10:20 AM

nice euro hitch :)

AutoUnion 01-12-2012 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by kanar200 (Post 6557587)
nice euro hitch :)

Maybe BMW will finally offer a factory hitch like MB/Audi/etc

kanar200 01-12-2012 11:16 AM

but they still require ugly cut of the bumper, right?

Tlon 01-12-2012 11:20 AM

I just hope if comes in a different paint job. Black and white swirls are so 1980s. :D

jashearer 01-12-2012 12:03 PM


Originally Posted by Tlon (Post 6557725)
I just hope if comes in a different paint job. Black and white swirls are so 1980s. :D

Whatever it will go perfect with my Zubaz


Tlon 01-12-2012 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by jashearer (Post 6557834)
Whatever it will go perfect with my Zubaz


Well, now, if it came with a free pair for all new buyers...

Mohawk 01-12-2012 12:10 PM

That grill looks ugly

Falcon7x 01-12-2012 01:19 PM

Glad I didn't wait for THAT!

georgejm 01-12-2012 09:04 PM

I can see the hood change a little along with the front nose but not by much really. The art will trick your eyes around the headlights as some of it is covered. The grille cover will not match the actual BMW grille. The sides and back looks like mine but what I don't see is a new model X5 really, at best it is just another touch up. Will see when the cover comes off.

P.S. I hope they throw in the 40d this time.

Haris335 01-13-2012 06:10 AM

Front grille looks photo-shopped - really bad one. Any one else notice it? Something is off.

Haris335 01-13-2012 06:20 AM

Another one:

Haris335 01-13-2012 06:45 AM

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helter 01-13-2012 06:56 AM

Black and white swirl....I hope they have better color options than that

z51vette 01-13-2012 08:41 AM

That looks like it's got fixed calipers in the front

caden 01-13-2012 11:59 AM

with fender flares and 20s, it just might look pretty good. with a growing family, it may be my excuse , to the wifey, not to go with the benz GL

ard 01-13-2012 02:55 PM

I don't know how anyone can evaluate the shape... Looks like all kinds of filler/plastic panels/coverings under the swirl wrap. That front is fully covered. IMO

Tex94 01-14-2012 06:41 AM

Agree, this is not very impressive and see lots of the latest X3 in this. Sort of looking more like a station wagon than an SAV. Hopefully, this will look a lot better when in final form. For now, I will be happy with my 2012

georgejm 01-14-2012 06:49 AM

This is what we are driving now. These pictures could be old, lol. :rofl:

AutoUnion 01-14-2012 08:00 AM


Originally Posted by Tex94 (Post 6561535)
Agree, this is not very impressive and see lots of the latest X3 in this. Sort of looking more like a station wagon than an SAV. Hopefully, this will look a lot better when in final form. For now, I will be happy with my 2012

If the X5 isn't merely a jacked up 5 series station wagon, then what is it?

Side note, I see you own both a Cayenne and X5. I'd love to hear some comparisons on both of them. Porsche is bringing a diesel Cayenne to the US market soon and I might jump ship in the future (depending on how the new X5 turns out)

Tex94 01-15-2012 07:03 AM

To me, it has always looked much more capable than a wagon but the way manufacturers are stretching the length is making that distinction less viable. First the Audi q7 and then the MB And now BMW. I want something that looks more athletic. Current x5 meets that, IMHO. (I will admit the similarities in function to wagons though)

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