Proportion is everything.
First revealed in 2018, the G05 BMW X5 is still fairly fresh which explains why very little is known about its successor. Perhaps what's most remarkable about the X5 through all four generations of the SUV is that it has rarely, if ever, polarized fans aside from the fact that it existed, something that most modern BMWs have been unable to lay claim to. Every generation has been handsomely styled, blessed with class-leading powertrains, and built to an exceptionally high standard. However, we're now less certain about whether this will remain the case following the reveal of the controversial Concept XM. What would become of the X5 - and indeed, other BMW SUVs - if it inherited some of the XM's scandalous styling cues?
It turns out that combining the X5's more conventional profile with a few of the XM's details and toning everything down makes for a rather handsome SUV. There's barely any part of the XM's sheetmetal that hasn't been twisted, creased, or needlessly blown up in size. Our resident artist used a much smaller version of the octagonal grille on this blue X5, increased the size of those oddly small headlights, and toned down the detailing on the lower bumper. As you can see, the 'XM-ified' face of the X5 is striking and modern. It's all about proportion, as each individual element matches the size of the vehicle it's attached to. The hood was given subtle humps, and we darkened the A-pillars.
Along the sides, the more conservative X5's beltline was dispensed with. Here, it rises as it travels along the body, as on the XM. The wheel arches are also dark and squared-off.
At the back, while we stuck with the XM's trapezoidal tailpipes, we removed the vertically-stacked arrangement in favor of two pipes, one on each side. The slim, elaborate taillights of the modified X5 look fantastic, and we made sure to remove the offensive dual BMW logos from the XM's back window - apparently, this was an attempt to link the XM to the legendary M1. Overall, it's clear that the XM has some interesting individual ideas going on in its design. They've just been slapped together haphazardly and with no cohesion. If the next X5 looked like this, we wouldn't complain. And, if it had the XM's 750-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain, there'd be even less to moan about. Expect electrification to be much more prolific throughout the next X5 lineup.