BMW is one of many carmakers that gradually ease up on the camouflage on their prototype models as they edge closer to revealing the production version.
Such is the case with the next X5 that's due to launch next year, possibly at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, though we wouldn’t rule out an earlier reveal.
In these fresh scoop photos, the third generation of the X5 has done away with many layers of foil wraps allowing us to see the sharper and more protruding nose with the production headlamps, the elongated shape of which bring to mind those found on the F30 3-Series, and the more upright double kidney grille.
At the back, we find a new interpretation of BMW's classic L-shaped tail lamps, while the rest of the body simply evolves the shape and styling of the current model.
Under the skin, the F15-code-named X5 rides on BMW's new and lighter "X For All" platform that shares hardware and electronic parts with the 5-Series, and which will also be used on the second generation X6.
We've heard that the new chassis along with the use of lighter materials for the body will help the next X5 drop up to 150kg or 330 pounds over today's model, improving handling, performance and more importantly, fuel economy numbers and CO2 emissions.
Available exclusively with BMW's latest generation xDrive all-wheel drive system, the next X5 is anticipated to offer European customers a few new engine options, namely 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel and petrol engines, just as it did with the 5-Series last year.
In North America, the F15 will be available with the usual selection of turbocharged straight-six and V8 gasoline units and at least one six-cylinder diesel.
We still don't know if BMW will offer a diesel-powered M Performance variant in the States.
Within the next two years, BMW will introduce the flagship X5M model, which will continue with a twin-turbocharged V8 gasoline engine.
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