2019 BMW X5 (G05): This Is It, First Official Photos

The new 2019 BMW X5 is anticipated to have its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show this October, making its online debut earlier in the summer, but the first official images have already found their way on the web.

While we weren’t absolutely sure on Monday when Josh Byrnes stumbled upon two low-resolution pictures of the next X5, the discovery of a full gallery on Chinese forums today leaves no questions open about their authenticity.

It’s a familiar styling affair

The exterior styling is evolutionary with the 2019 X5 fusing elements from the current BMW X3 and the forthcoming BMW X7 that we’ve seen in concept form. That’s not to say that Munich isn’t introducing some fresh design cues like the oversized double kidney grille that dominates the front, or the kinked crease on the rear fenders and more bulbous taillights.

It’s an evolutionary tale inside too, with the new X5 adopting an array of climate controls and other buttons just under the 12.3 inch center screen, together with a number of buttons and new switchgear on the lower center console. You’ll also notice the digitalized instrument cluster flanked by a large central touchscreen for controlling all infotainment functions on the right.

Bigger but lighter

Beyond the design, the G05-codenamed luxury SUV is built around the same CLAR (cluster architecture) platform as the 7-Series with a new suspension that includess a double wishbone front axle and a five-line rear axle.

According to preliminary data accompanying the pictures, the new X5 measures 4,945mm (194.7 in.) long, 2,004mm (78.9 in.) wide, 1,791mm (70.5 in.) tall, with a 2,975mm  (117.1 in.) wheelbase. This makes it 36mm (1.4 in.) longer, 66mm (2.6 in.) wider, and 19mm (0.75 in.) taller than the previous generation, with a 42mm (1.65 in.) increase in the wheelbase.

Despite the growth spurt that will improve cargo (645 to 1,860 liters) as well as second- and third-row passenger space, it’s expected to be significantly lighter than the current vehicle, with some reports placing the savings at over 200kg (440lbs).

Four, six and eight-cylinder engines

Borrowing its powertrains from the latest 5-Series, the 2019 BMW X5 will eventually offer a range of 2.0-liter four, 3.0-liter straight-six and 4.4-liter eight-cylinder turbocharged gasoline units, alongside 2.0-liter four and 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo diesels. The most potent choice will be the X5 M with the M5’s monstrous 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 combined with xDrive all-wheel drive.

Right now, the only models confirmed are the xDrive40i with a 340PS B58 3.0-liter straight-six turbo, the xDrive50i with a 462PS 4.4-liter V8 turbo and the diesel xDrive30d with a 262PS 3.0-liter inline-six. Watch this space for more information.

*Post has been updated with a full gallery and new details

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  • Honda NSX-R

    To me the back (particularly the taillights) doesn’t remind me of a BMW

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      Same. Looks like it came from a Kia or something.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Yeah it looks kinda generic

    • Shtekeris

      Reminds me of the new Fiesta/hyundai/focus from the back, totally generic

    • Saviola Seyrenia
      • Ru

        You need to see an eye doctor and psychiatrist ASAP!

        • Saviola Seyrenia

          lmao it just reminds me of crab claws taillights on the edge. but BMW stretched it.

          • Ru

            Well, if you see it you see it…

      • Matt Boyd

        Opinion is subjective, but that seems to be a bit of a stretch bro. I personally see no resemblance.

      • Alfa Giulia QV

        The Ford Everest? I heard the upcoming Bronco is going to be built off the same platform as that.

    • Nefiu Ci

      look at the ford fiesta – that’S what it reminds you of

    • Cool guy

      Looks exactly like mercedes lights

    • matrem

      Looks like a Jeep Cherokee

      • futures

        Yeah, look very similar to the Jeep Cherokee taillights. That’s not the car you want to be compared to if you’re in an X5. Should have kept their signature running lights.

    • Matt Boyd

      That might be a good thing though. Change is good. Think of the fact that all BMW’s will have some variation of this new taillight design. In due time you’ll associate them with BMW.

  • Erzhik

    Can’t believe I’m saying it, but I like it.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You are not alone my friend 🙂
      Looks like a blend of the E70 and F15.

  • Somewhat surprisingly, that looks alright!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Looks like the seats are going to be from the current 7 series with the diamond pattern. BMW is moving the X5 upmarket and that is a good thing.

      • TrevP

        I am surprised we are seeing the new X5 before the X7 to be honest

        • Andrewthecarguy

          I consider it a distraction against the AUDI Q8 launch today. X7 is expected, X5 not, so much much more juicy. AUDI who? 🙂

          • TrevP

            That is true. Totally unexpected, but I think I’d take the Q8 over the X5. LOL

  • Ruel Lewis

    Two back to back leaks!!!

    • Belthronding

      even if that one is still not confirmed, it is still a good day for us anyway.


    why the badging was moved to the bottom?

    • Pika Pi

      With the new taillight design, there’s literally no space to put it on top. I would just ask to delete the model designation badges for a cleaner look and no one has to know which engine is under the hood.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    REALLY underwhelming.

    Almost depressing.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    BMW (just like Subaru)…. playing it safe with the designs these days… as a result, nothing visually interesting, yet elegantly modern simultaneously comes to reality….


  • TrevP

    I actually like it. And I think the bigger kidney grills will grow on me, the back is new so that’s all I can say

  • Nordschleife

    If the white one is real, it would be the first one I’ve liked since the original. The devil is in the details and the white one gets the details right.

  • Autoexperte

    it looks much better than precedessor

  • Galaxium

    The rear isn’t BMW-like at all. Looks like a mix between Kia/Maserati.

  • Daniela Wolf

    BMW still announce new cars/versions?
    They are outdated before their release…
    They look like last gen everytime….

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You need glasses my friend 🙂

      • Daniela Wolf

        No no my friend. ^^
        I’ve seen to much similar cars this year.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          But cars look different in person than in pictures. Sometimes you can tell by the lines on a car if it will look good in person or not. This is one that will look fantastic in person. Yes, I can tell.

    • Pika Pi

      Lol, do you know how stupid you sound?

      • Daniela Wolf

        Bring in an argument or leave, thx.

        • Pika Pi

          You say that the last gen and the next gen look the same and is outdated but unless you are seriously visually impaired you cannot be serious, you are ignorant of the new technology that no other automaker is currently implementing in full force. BMW has already moved on from LED with new Laser tech at the forefront. Audi still needs to rework their system before being allowed in the US. This will lead to redesign of the front fascia with the kidney grilles now stretching longitudinally rather than horizontally and the headlights can no longer be connected with the grille like it is now. The CLAR platform that underpins this G05 X5 is brand new with the current X3 being the first to use it and is why BMW ditched the refresh for the F15 which had the same chassis platform as the E70 and went straight to the new generation. The third gen was cut short of the usual 7 year cycle for this new platform, which is why the rear looks different with the taillights raised to point you can’t put the model designation badges on top anymore. It is meant to increase cargo space, stretch the wheelbase, while maintaining weight savings. There is nothing remotely outdated with this new gen X5, as far as I’m concerned everyone else is now needing to play catch up. Is that enough for you, because you’re kind of a hypocrite asking for an argument when giving none yourself. BTW your E46 3 series is the definition of outdated, it was the last model with genuinely analog tech. How’s your BMW business CD player holding up?

          • Daniela Wolf

            Audi offers Laser tech since 2017. Audi won’t offer it in the USA because this country loves to punish us Germans. ( also the reason why u ( US citizen ) won’t be able to buy autonomous cars on level 3.
            Btw. BMW can’t offer level 2 while Audi is researching level 4 right now.
            Btw. E46 3 series is not my car and i got 3 right now.
            Btw. my last BMW ( I’ve driven a M5 for fun at the weekend blew up…… not even 40 000km …… ENGINE EXPLOSION…….

          • Nordschleife

            I love how your argument stems for autonomy when BMW is historically known as a drivers car. Maybe level 3 autonomy is not where BMW wants to position itself. And while personal experience does hold weight, BMW engines don’t blow up on everyone because if they did. We wouldn’t even be comparing the the two.

          • Daniela Wolf

            A famous german car magazine also spoke about the problem. ( 3 cars they tested blew up, too after reaching 40 000 km)

  • Belthronding

    now they will be coming for you!

  • OD. LP

    Dashboard – borrowed from a cross between the latest generation Nissan Maxima and future Nissan Altima.
    Side profile shot – body borrowed from Current Gen VW Tiguan
    Front shot – same ol’ X5 of yester-year
    Rear – borrowed from Mercedes ML


  • Andrewthecarguy

    Thank you for the confirmation. I think the tail lights are so different most folks are wondering if the pics are legit.
    Can you confirm the closest X7 render out there? please? pretty please? 🙂

  • Sanjeev Das

    I really like the new looks! It is sharp!

  • Honda NSX-R

    Quite the opposite actually.

  • Elpatore

    the moment I saw it I hated it, 5 minutes later I kinda like it from certain angles, the interior looks great but i don’t like the back, except for the real exhausts (at least they look real) which nowadays is a great thing.

  • Rich Money

    nice proportions and well executed but … let’s face it. BMW’s new styling theme is not particularly attractive. it’s too technical. The interior in particular is a mishmash of shapes, lines, materials and randomly angled borders. It is exhausting.

  • PK

    so is this a facelift or redesigned?

    • Andrewthecarguy



    Call icon in infotainment screen is a bit to small…. (Pic 59)


    Where is current gen facelift????

    • lanbrown

      There won’t be one. The E70 had a facelift but the F15 was really just a facelift of the E70. The G05 is a new design.

      • ZYGIUS

        WTF? F15 was a facelift???? :D:D Maybe just dont comment if your knowledges is so poor.. F15 has overall nothing with E70

        • lanbrown

          I’ve owned both, have you?

          CLAR was not ready when BMW needed to do something with the X5. So they took the E70 platform and refreshed the exterior, interior and engines. The basic platform is the same as the E70. That is why there was never a plan for a midcycle update like BMW typically does. New platforms cost a lot to develop and certify; so that is why the decision was made to eseentially just do a second refresh. They did more than the typical LCI though which is why it is called the F15 and not still the E70. The underpinnings are the E70.

          Please educate yourself.

          • ZYGIUS

            HA HA LAME :D:D You say You had both, ant You say that noncence??? Ar you TROLOLO???
            So You now have G05, before official release, right? 😀

  • salamOOn

    well, i like it more than q8 because of the interior. no stupid touchscreens for everything, but solid buttons and idrive controler….. and also less of piano black plastics. thats all huge plus for me.

    (visually) whole car looks light…. however i dont like this M bodykit, especially front, and as always i dont like that split tailgate.

  • Ruel Lewis

    So did BMW cancel the X6? There haven’t been any spy shots of a new one.

    • Merc1

      No of course not.


  • Alban Gojani

    For me, the rear looks like a Jeep. Also, the nostrils in the front look way too over sized.

  • cbATL

    Outside got uglier and the inside is nicer.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    another copy and paste and another 2008 interior…beemer u serious?

  • MarkoS

    Very nice improvement and a gorgeous interior! Those tail-lights though were a big slip, they do not say BMW, more mainstream Asian or 19 Cherokee.

  • Damian Kałucki
  • vaybach khan

    it looks too much like x3, which is not a compliment for x5, and tail lights are horrendous .
    Interior design is outdated and blend.

  • I like it!! Its doing justice to the Gen1 X5.

  • izzey04

    wow..love the center console…better than any car IMO…haters gonna hate

  • john1168

    I like it! I prefer the current grille and tail lights but this does look good. Really nice interior.

  • Fabián Montiel

    It looks nice but it’s just a bigger X3, same design, EXACTLY THE SAME DESIGN. At least the rear is changed.

  • What an uninspired design…

  • ivan
    • wintergraan

      Is there something you wanna tell us with these pictures? 🙂

  • dojevu
    • Raul

      they barely look the same.

  • BMWFreaky

    What’s the story of BMW and the interior design? why they can’t keep with Mercedes and Audi?

  • Ermal Morina

    Not bad,but nothing special.
    Bmw is to afraid to change their design language,especially on the interior which is awful imo,it is the same across the board on all bimmer models and it looks just like all other 2000′ bmw just updated over the years.That is the main let down on bmw these days

  • nastinupe

    Looks different, looks good. BMW needed a change. Two thumbs up from me.

  • Galaxium

    I don’t complain about BMW’s design all that much.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I never like any of these . This keeps the streak going. At least it doesn’t look like the hood isn’t closed completely .


    Same chassis, same wheelbase, or even same platform its not the same thing, like you sayin, just facelift. Cars can be tottaly diffrerent, RR Ghost and 7 series has many same parts, is RR is 7 series facelift????. Different brands,etc. VW, AUDI, SKODA, PORSCHE BENTLEY have same chassis and same wheelbases, so by your logic Touareg ir CAYENNE facelift, or BENTAYGA is Q7 Facelift? Do you know a Facelift meaning?

    • lanbrown

      You still cannot accept the fact that you are wrong and trying to cling on to anything you can.

      The same platform is used for many vehicles. You can use the same platform for different models and they are still different models. The fact is the same chassis was used on the F15 X5 as was used on the E70 X5. The first X5 was the E53 and the chassis used on it was not used on the successor, the E70. The E70 had an LCI which brought exterior and interior changes and a new engine lineup., So the E53 and E70 were totally different vehicles. When BMW brought out the F15, the reused the same chassis; the did a refresh of the exterior, interior and did small updates to the engines. The difference between the E70 and the F15 is a lot less than the difference from the E53 to the E70.

      So BMW did not do an all new X5 for the F15 model like they have done previously. You were asking why there was no LCI for the F15; you have your answer, you just don’t want to accept it. The F15 was technically a second LCI of the E70. However, BMW did more of a refresh than they normally do for an LCI. CLAR was not ready yet, so either BMW would spend more money on a new non-CLAR platform or reuse the existing platform from the E70. They chose the latter and this is why there is no LCI for the F15. There was never one that was planned for.

      Using your own words you stated:
      “F15 has overall nothing with E70”

      That is not a true statement at all. Is the chassis something or nothing? If it is nothing, then there is no F15 as you need a chassis. Maybe you should go look up what nothing means and you will find it is equivalent to your knowledge of what the F15 really is. There are many parts used on the E70 that are also used on the F15; that was not case when you look at the E53 and the E70. When the G05 is released, it will not share many parts with the E70/F15.

      • ZYGIUS

        No lifer, i’m even not readed all this mess…

        • lanbrown

          So rather than make a coherent post, you just turn to attacks instead. You’ve never stated if you have ever owned an X5; as previously stated, I’ve had both an E70 and F15; I had both side-by-side in a garage. So I wonder who knows more about the vehicles in question; someone who has owned both or someone that has not owned either and has shown no knowledge whatsoever about the models?

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