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New BMW X5 Expected in 2017

New BMW X5 Expected in 2017
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Monday 18 April 2016, 17:33 PM

The current BMW X5 was launched globally only three years ago but a replacement is said to be on its way in 2017. Even though it might not seem logical for BMW to replace the X5 so early in its life, there is a good motive behind it.

 The new X5 is said to be sharing the new 7 Series sedan’s underpinnings by making use of BMW’s new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform. CLAR uses a mixture of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre which increases the structural rigidity of the vehicle while reducing its weight. The CLAR platform will also be used by BMW’s upcoming flagship SUV, the X7.

 

BMW is likely to offer the new X5 with a 3.0L straight-six, a new twin-turbocharged V8 and a 6.0L V12 engine. A hybrid model might also join later in the X5’s life.

 

Visually, the new X5 is not expected to look much different from the present model. BMW’s new design philosophy of extending the headlights all the way to meet the large and iconic kidney grille is expected to be passed over.

Source: Autocar UK

 

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