Next-gen SUV put through its paces during development testing
The all-new BMW X5 has been teased in new images and video showing the big SUV undergoing development testing ahead of its reveal in the coming months.
Soon to be in its fourth generation, the X5 will introduce new suspension and chassis systems, which the company says are available for the first time in one of its 'X' models and are "virtually unique within the competitive field".
While BMW doesn't explicitly detail what these new systems are, our guess is its referring to the X5's lighter new CLAR underpinnings – shared with the X3, 5 Series and 7 Series – and the availability of self-levelling adaptive air suspension from the 7er.
There will be a new off-road package for those who like to venture off the beaten track – we'd argue very few X5 owners actually do this – which "offers an impressive combination of highest-level ride comfort on the road and the possibility of changing the vehicle setup at the press of a button to suit the conditions of driving off the beaten track perfectly".
Additionally, BMW has confirmed new available features like Adaptive M Suspension Professional, and Integral Active Steering.
"Be it snow, sand, rocks or gravel roads – the new BMW X5 has the perfect powertrain and suspension setup for each surface," the company said in its press release.
According to the manufacturer, the X5 prototypes are being tested on their acceleration, braking and steering at its winter test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, on South African gravel tracks, and in the deserts of the USA.
BMW says these vehicles have been subjected to maximum cold and scorching heat, and the X5 has also been tasked with mastering dry mountain terrain, tropical humidity and muddy tracks.
In terms of timing, there's no confirmation as to precisely when the X5 will actually be revealed, though company boss, Harald Krüger, revealed at the Annual General Meeting that the X5 would be replaced sometime later this year.
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