Inside, there's plenty of camouflage hiding the cabin's final design, but all of the areas that a driver would regularly interact are left in the open.
While Audi's most recent models have seen many physical buttons junked as part of a new two-screen interface, BMW still sees the value in tactile buttons and switches.
There are iDrive and cruise buttons on the steering wheel spokes, climate control and audio shortcuts on the dashboard, and a large array of drivetrain controls around the transmission lever and iDrive knob.
There's also an instrumentation display blending both digital and more traditional elements. The rest of the layout and, most probably, design doesn't stray too far from accepted BMW norms.
On the outside, these latest photos give us our clearest look at the new vehicle's styling. Now almost devoid of any false body panels, the exterior seems to be largely a cautious evolution of today's car.
For the first time we get to see the new X5's slimmer and more athletic tail-lights. The element most likely to divide opinion, though, is the new car's prominent multi-storey-tall grille.