The latest shots of BMW's X5, delivered by the crew at Brenda Priddy & Co., reveal a detailed look at the SUV, which appears will grow significantly in length and feature a longer roof. The size increase is necessary, according to Priddy, to distance the new X5 from the smaller X3, which itself had to grow a bit to make room for the still-new X1. While the X5 is longer, it has also lost a little weight, about 225 lbs.
The additional space also means that BMW now has the option to offer a third row of seats, making the future X5 a seven-seater, a popular feature in the U.S. market.
The prototype pictured was powered by a V8 engine (the exhaust tips were a big clue), but a hybrid will also be offered. With the camo coming off and good camera angles, the “Air Breather Design Element” (first seen on the 4 Series Coupe Concept) can clearly be seen in most of these photos, and the headlamp shape, front and rear facia and M-like air intakes upfront are clearly visible.
If all goes according to plans, Priddy says to watch for an official introduction in January at the North American International Auto Show.
Photo credit: Brenda Priddy & Co.