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The fourth-generation BMW X5 has been spied once again. Here, the large Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is seen undergoing a performance test at the Nurburgring — a huge contrast of environments compared to the previous shots of the model we saw testing in winter conditions.

Unfortunately, apart from seeing the pre-production mule at the Green Hell, there isn’t much more to see here than there was before. The X5 prototype is still heavily disguised by camouflage, and clearly, production-spec items are still far from being fitted at this point.

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What we do know, however, is that the upcoming SAV will be built on the BMW 7 Series’ new Cluster Architecture (CLAR), formerly known as the 35up platform. A Carbon Core body construction for the X5 will almost certainty feature, along with several other latest-gen BMW technologies — Laserlight headlamps, BMW Display Key, Gesture Control infotainment system and new driverless abilities wouldn’t surprise us.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for it, though. Several reports suggest that the production version of the next-gen BMW X5 will only make its global debut late 2017, with European market launches expected only in 2018. Prior to this, BMW is expected to reveal its new X3 first. After the two SUVs are launched, it is said that BMW will finally reveal its X7 — an all-new flagship SUV for the brand.