Recently taken spy shots show the new generation BMW X5 testing in winter conditions. After five years of producing the 2013 BMW X5, the Bavarian bestseller SUV is due for a new model. Going by codename G05, the new BMW X5 will be manufactured at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in North Carolina, USA.

The 2018 BMW X5 will be based around BMW Innovative Cluster Architecture (CLAR), making the car lighter, stiffer and more flexible than its predecessor. BMW have mentioned that the new CLAR will be at the base of all their future SUV and passenger car models, starting with the 3-series and X3.

Following recent trends among German car manufacturers, it’s expected that the 2018 BMW X5 will look similar to the outgoing model. Therefore the new model should be interpreted as rather an evolution of the 2013 BMW X5 instead of a revolution. Under the hood is where all the exciting stuff is going to happen, with BMW promising an extensive range of engines to choose from. The 2018 BMW X5 is set to feature four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines with the latter outputting a massive 700 hp.

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