The latest shots show it on the road, where most of its time will be spent when it reaches British showrooms in 2014. The test mule is now pictured with less camouflage than before. Although they’ve been revealed, the door panels and bonnet don’t give us much of a clue as to the car’s new shape. But from what we can see the third generation of the X5 will have a more upright grille than previous models and a sharper and more elongated front-end.
The current images show a prototype that’s edging closer to the production version. When it’s in production the car will sit on the German marque’s new ‘X for All’ platform. Hardware and electronics will be shared with the 5-Series and the X6 and the third generation will be available exclusively with BMW’s latest xDrive four-wheel drive system.
At launch we expect a couple of new engine options, including a 2.0 litre turbo diesel and the equivalent petrol. The flagship X5M model, with a twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, will be available within the next two year.