New 2019 BMW X5 Drops Heavy Camo To Reveal Brawnier Design

BMW’s next-generation X5 SUV was spotted outside the automaker’s Spartanburg factory wearing a very different type of camouflage than we’re used to seeing.

In fact, it’s more of a wrap than a proper camouflage job, which is usually more thorough and will sometimes include body cladding to throw you off the scent of what’s really going on design-wise.

These images show two G05 BMW X5 prototypes out and about, apparently wearing their M Performance duds, including sporty two-tone wheels with blue brake calipers.

Right off the bat, we’re tempted to say goodbye to the old model’s chunky exterior, as this new-generation model seems leaner yet more masculine at the same time – as if it went through a serious workout regimen. And no, this wasn’t as obvious on previous prototypes, which were a lot better camouflaged.

Meanwhile, these prototypes are clearly wearing their production headlights, which we first saw back in August, when we also detected a hint of blue inside the optical units, a giveaway for Laserlight technology. Aside from the previously-mentioned M Performance kit, we can also spot the new and much larger kidney grilles, the more pronounced shark nose and what could be smaller taillights – at least the edges are clearly smaller.

Also, if this new X5 seems longer than the current/previous model, that’s because it is. The growth spurt is there to accommodate passengers and luggage.

The 2019 BMW X5 will ride on the same CLAR (cluster architecture) modular platform used by the all-new 5-Series and the 7-Series. This means that we can count on it being more rigid and weighing less than the outgoing model, as some rumors suggest up to 250-300 kg being dropped (550 lbs to 660 lbs).

As for power units, expect a similar crop to what you currently find on the 5 and 7-Series. This variety of petrol and diesel engines should also include a plug-in hybrid and twin-turbo V8 M-powered model, with upwards of 600 horses.

Expect the 2019 BMW X5 to debut sometime towards the end of next year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • WG

    Looks like a bigger X3…

    • WTF

      lol thats a surprise

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Indeed. From a marketing strategy, it makes sense.
      In about a year, you will have all new X2/3/4/5 and 7
      I imagine the X1 will be refreshed, the X6 all new in 2019.
      Makes it hard to ignore BMW if you are in the market for an SUV of any sort, drivetrains inclusive.

      • BGM

        I can ignore it very easily indeed. The current X5 is pathetic in its design. They got so lazy they didn’t even bother with amber turning signals in the back (I guess they figured a BMW driver wasn’t going to use them anyway). The X1 is a girl’s car, with *hey, let me blind the fuck out of you* high beam DRLs. The X6 is a behemoth that is neither sporty nor off-roady. I could go on…

  • pjl35

    Idiotic blindspot. Why?

  • nastinupe

    More boxy, I like it. I wish that Porsche had done the same with the Cayenne.

  • jc914

    ugly AF

  • Elmediterraneo

    Looks more modern I like it !
    What can we expect as a line-up :
    X5 25d : Inline 4 2.0 liter Turbo Diesel 228 hp
    X5 30i : Inline 4 2.0 liter Turbo 252 hp
    X5 30d : Inline 6 3.0 liter Turbo Diesel 265 hp
    X5 40d : Inline 6 3.0 liter Biturbo Diesel 320 hp
    X5 40i : Inline 6 3.0 liter Biturbo 340 hp
    X5 40e : Inline 4 2.0 liter Turbo Plug-in Hybrid 340 hp
    X5 M50d : Inline 6 3.0 liter Quadturbo Diesel 400 hp
    X5 M50i : V8 4.4 liter Biturbo 450 hp
    X5 M : V8 M 4.4 liter Biturbo 608 hp

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I will add:
      X5 20d (188hp/300lb-ft) and X5 25d (228hp/370lb-ft)
      The hp and torque those engines put out are adequate to make attractive and competitively priced entry level models.

      • Elmediterraneo

        Add only the 25d the 20d would be too weak for the X5.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        25d is the most common in my country and i think it is ok.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Is it sitting lower?
    If it is, that’s great.
    All they need to do is lessen the bulk and why, you’d almost have a hatchback! SHHH! Don’t tell the masses that they’re paying for “bulk”.
    Oh! A “commanding” driving position too.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    could the X5 be pretty again!??! at least the spy shots give hope

  • OdysseyTag

    Liking what I am seeing so far.

  • Dennis James

    Looks promising, sportier than the current one and finally some (possibly) good looking headlights (very similar to the previous generation which looked a lot better than the current one !) that may not unite with the front grille (an ugly design element anyway).

  • U8INIT

    IDK…Looks like BMW might have the best looking SUV lineup thus far…

    • no25

      ha. stop.

    • Nordschleife

      I don’t know if I can fully agree with this statement but its come up game is strong.

  • no25

    that X7 oversized grille…ugh :/

  • klowik

    It looks low, like Q7.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Just a bigger X3.

    Nothing to see here…

  • Larry Qualls

    Now this is what a BMW is supposed to look like! Not since 13′ 335i coupe ( and that front lip sucked) have I been a fan of their design language, with the exception of maybe the 6 series. My 09 335 coupe was just beautiful and the 4 series and everything else just looks generic now. So that said, this X looks promising. Let’s just hope that steering feel makes a return as well.

  • Sly

    Very upright and sporty…lovin’ it. The new 5 Series look had me worried but the new X3 was a slam dunk. Looks like the new X5 will be as well.

  • Harry_Wild

    Very nice looking 2019 X5! Will be saving for the $68K middle of the road model. M model starts at $100K and with packages you looking at $130K!

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