Our spy photographers have collected a new few shots of the next-generation BMW X5 as it undergoes testing in Germany. The vehicle is expected to use a modified version of the same chassis underpinning the 5 Series, and the new model will likely demonstrate a significant weight savings over the outgoing model. Engineers have codenamed the new generation F15, and the crossover is expected to continue to make use of the same engines currently available. That means buyers will be able to enjoy both straight six and V8 power.
With BMW focusing its attention on turbocharged four-cylinder engines as a viable way to maintain performance while reducing fuel consumption, some whispers have indicated the next-generation BMW X5 will be available with four-pot power. Still, it seems unlikely that the company will be able to reduce the vehicle's weight by enough to make a gasoline four-cylinder a viable option, at least here in the States. Instead, BMW is more likely to offer an ActiveHybrid version for those looking for better fuel economy.