We also get a look inside the new BMW X5's interior for the first time.
There have been plenty of sightings of BMW prototypes out in the wild lately. Recent spy photos have given us sneak previews of the upcoming 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, as well as the full-size X7 SUV. This latest batch of spy shots focuses on the X7's smaller sibling, the new X5, which was spotted roaming city streets in Germany. In truth, this isn't the first time we've caught it being tested, but the latest prototype has lost even more camouflage, giving us our best look yet at BMW's new SUV yet.
Unsurprisingly, the new X5 looks like a shrunken X7, sporting the same headlights, taillights, and gigantic kidney grille. We get a much clearer look at the aggressive front fascia, revealing slender headlights that look like the current X3's. While we've already seen the exterior of the new X5 and X5 M in previous spy shots, we also now get a first peak at the redesigned interior. Again, similarities between the X7 are immediately apparent. Inside, the new X5 sports a fully digital instrument cluster like its larger X7 sibling. The infotainment screen looks larger than its predecessor, while the shifter, center console and instrument panel have also been redesigned.
Elsewhere, a lot of buttons have been moved from the dashboard to the center console such as the push-button start, and the steering wheel also has a new layout. The 2019 X5 will ride on BMW's CLAR platform, so expect it to be larger and lighter than the outgoing model with increased cabin space. Expect a range of powertrains to be available, including a plug-in hybrid option and a range-topping M50i model, which will most likely be powered by BMW's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8. The new BMW X5 is expected to go on sale later this year, so we shouldn't have to wait too long for an official reveal.