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Latest news on the 2018 BMW X5

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Next-generation BMW X5 to share 7 Series platform with performance and plug-in hybrid variants.

The bodywork of the next-generation BMW X5 has been spotted for the first time, showing off new boot lid and bumper designs that have previously been hidden from view. Earlier development models were seen wearing adapted variants of the exterior of the current X5 but the latest sighting clearly reveals a major redesign.

A previous development car was also seen carrying heavy weights on the roof but this is just standard practice during testing, when models are fitted with racks in order to help with the determination of weight distribution and chassis settings.

Sharing the BMW platform

The 2018 BMW X5 will use the same cluster architecture (CLAR) platform as the BMW 7 Series. The platform supports aluminium, steel, magnesium and carbon fibre construction and so it is probable that the next generation X5 will be noticeably lighter than the current model. The lightest X5 to date is the xDrive35i at 2,030kg.

A plug-in hybrid version of the X5 is set to follow in the wake of the standard X5, together with a performance version. The X5 M variant looks set to produce in excess of 600bhp and should be available quite soon after the standard X5 if BMW continues its trend of launching its performance versions fairly early in a new model's lifecycle.

Engine options for the BMW X5

No details have been confirmed about the engine choices that will be available with the BMW X5 for 2018 but those in the know are suggesting that the line-up will feature a range of eight-, six- and four-cylinder units.

The new X5 is expected to be launched at a similar time to the next-generation Mercedes GLE, its arch rival. In the meantime, the facelifted current X5 is about to make its appearance. The current X5 was first launched in 2013 and has recently been updated.

The X5 is currently BMW’s flagship non-coupe range of SUVs but this title will be reassigned when the BMW X7 is launched in 2018.

More BMW news

In other news from BMW, the brand’s financial report for 2016’s third quarter has revealed plans to introduce a plug-in MINI hatch and a pure-electric BMW X3 by 2020. The first of these should be the X3 electric vehicle in 2019. This will be similar to the i3, with the complete absence of a combustion engine, but it is not thought that the new plug-in SUV will get the ‘i’ branding.

No details have been released on the power train, although BMW CEO Harald Krüger said that the brands ‘consistent’ profitability will enable it to use its own resources to finance its future investments. The X3 EV is set to take its cues from the next-generation X3, which will have a plug-in hybrid variant of its own. This car’s power train may use BMW’s existing 330e’s four-cylinder, 2.0 petrol, together with an electric motor. The combination should deliver 249bhp.

The report confirms that an EV MINI will follow in 2020. This news comes after the announcement that a plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman Cooper S E All4 is on the way, complete within a three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbocharged engine to complement its electric motor. The car will be capable of electric-only propulsion and will have the benefit of four-wheel drive.

Nicolas Griebner, MINI UK’s head of product, said that the MINI brand is committed to the EV revolution, hinting that more electric models are on the way, including the MINI hatch.

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