It’s a big year for BMW, as the company gears up for the launch of several all-new models such as the 8 Series, Z4 and X7. Joining those vehicles is the G05 BMW X5, which Munich has just teased with official “spyshots” and video ahead of the SUV’s debut.

From these images, it’s clear that BMW is building a strong design identity for its X range of SUVs, with an enormous double kidney grille and trapezoidal headlights – both of which are already on the new X3 and X4. The M Sport front bumper seen here also features a hexagonal centre air intake, another design cue that originated from the X5’s smaller siblings.

Although the rest of the car isn’t so clearly visible, we can refer to recent spyshots to read the details. While the car’s proportions are recognisably X5, the shoulder line features a slight kink towards the back to emphasise the rear haunches. The trademark L-shaped tail lights are also visible, albeit in inverted form. A pair of integrated rectangular tailpipes emphasises the X5’s sporty nature.

The interior can also be clearly seen, with details including a fully-digital instrument display, slim air vents with silver inserts and a new gearlever console. As we’ve seen on other spyshots, these include a silver starter button, a shorter, stumpier gearlever and a large knurled iDrive knob. However, the toggle switches for the off-road gubbins and suspension ride height are new items.

Built on BMW’s latest Cluster Architecture (CLAR), the X5 will almost certainly be lighter by before – reports have provided a ballpark figure of between 230 and 270 kg, which is pretty substantial. It will also feature “new suspension and chassis systems” for the first time on an X model, according to the company.

These include the new off-road package that enables the vehicle setup to be adapted to suit a given terrain at the push of a button. Snow, sand, rocks and gravel roads were listed as examples, hinting at the modes that will be offered. It’s the first time we’ve seen a focus on off-road capability from BMW.

As for engines, the X5 is expected to feature the full complement of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines, including plug-in hybrid models in the vein of the current xDrive40e variant. Also likely is an M Performance variant (M50i?) utilising the M550i‘s 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8, as well as a top dog X5 M using an uprated version of that same engine, from the new M5.


GALLERY: G05 BMW X5 spyshots