• Jun 29, 2006
Automotive glass supplier Saint-Gobain Autover hosted a picture and details of the next BMW X5 on its website well ahead of the SUV's official release date. Inside Line reports that the glass supplier's website states, "The second-generation X5 model will be larger and more versatile, with a seven-seat interior option; it will feature all-new suspension, revised diesel engines and new [gasoline] V8s." The V8s will come from the 7-Series and be available in 4.0-, 5.0-, and 5.8L-liter versions.

After staring at the pic for awhile, we have to agree with the boys over at Eurocarblog that the X5 in this pic doesn't look a whole lot like the many spy pics of the SUV we've seen. The surface area of this X5 seems sharper with many more creases than the somewhat softer shape of the camouflaged prototypes we've seen.

[Source: Inside Line]

UPDATE: Indeed, Nick at Left Lane News let us know the origin of this pic is really a rendering from 2005 that's based on an X3. Indeed, it's obviously a fake when compared to a picture of the smaller X3. Thanks, Nick!


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Dan Rather, recently out of work at CBS should apply for a job at Autoblog, since he specializes in these kind of stories.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to say that i think Inside line is incorrect, that is not the new X5, it doenst match up with the spy shots... it looks more like a photoshopped X3+X5.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Uh... no.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1, I'm jealous. I'm on I85 around the Bimmer plant all the time, I've always wanted to catch one. Where exactly did you see him?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like a Volvo SUV
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ive been meaning to tell you guys that I saw a test mule X5 on my way from Atlanta up to Charlotte on I-85 and it had lot's of tape on it.

      From the looks of it they are doing some work to the rear lights and obviously the new front fascia has undergone some revisions as well. I couldn't take a picture and the guy got a little annoyed/spooked by my slowing down then speeding up by him a few times so he got off the next exit after I was past him....never found him again.

      This is almost the exact same car I saw, tape and all (maybe a mule?):
      http://www.worldcarfans.com/spyphotos.cfm/spyphotoID/6060529.001/pageview/photo/photo/Mini6/page/1/country/gcf/bmw/all-new-bmw-x5-spy-photos
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I was BMW I would stop denying that this is the next X5 and just build it--I think the styling is awesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW! That looks better!
      • 8 Years Ago
      5.8 liter V8 engine? What about the turbo V8 engine rumored?

      What about the twin turbo 3.0 I6 as a base engine, some people live at altitude and can not stand the sound of a cross plane crank V8, L R L L R L R R, repulsive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too bad autoblog.com also used the wrong picture of the BMW X3...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This photoshop has been around for years now, the new X5 doesn't look anything like that. What a sensational "discovery", morons!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would agree. This is nothing more the a photochop. The headlights are straight off of a 5 Series. The whole thing looks fake to me.