BMW engineers have been very busy lately. We haven't even officially seen the production M6 Gran Coupe or 4 Series Concept in person yet, and we're already looking ahead to future products like the forthcoming 2 Series and the redesigned X5. Our quick-triggered spy photographers have caught the 2014 X5 testing before, but this is our best look yet at the restyled CUV – excuse us, SAV ("Sports Activity Vehicle") – showing off its new skin.

Like the last X5 redesign, the new model looks to be completely different, yet have a very familiar look to the outgoing model. This is especially true in its profile, which has remained relatively unchanged since the X5 originally debuted back in 1999. It does appear that the camouflaged prototype seen here features a sharper, rising bodyside crease. Up front, the X5 will have a more blunt nose like other recent BMW products, and it will also get headlights that stretch to touch the grille like the current 3 Series. Likewise, the rear aspect shows familiar L-shaped taillights, and the X5 looks to retain the dual exhaust outlets poking through its rear fascia.

One interesting element seen in these spy shots are the vertical vents at the trailing edge of the front wheel openings. Are they just aesthetic flourishes, or are they functional? Either way, this X5 definitely does not appear to be as visually aggressive as the X5 M we saw in spy shots back in October, but that's to be expected.


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      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 2 Years Ago
      More BMW crap to laud to the skies on this site. Give it up people! Just admit it, BMW is paying for your lunch to get all the free advertising! Suzuki would still be here if they bought your lunch!
      likeaboss1234boss
      • 2 Years Ago
      the mercedes ml looks way better in my opinion.
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @likeaboss1234boss
        Agreed but i need the occasional 3rd row. Unless Audi steps up with the next Q7 I think the best choice for someone like me (urban, parking for one vehicle only, needs room for occasional Home Depot trip or hauling family, but want fast and luxury) will be this. I wish wish wish wish I could get a little 3rd row in the ML 63.... wish.
        MMM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @likeaboss1234boss
        Not a fan of X5. Had first gen ML. I absolutely can't stand current ML. It is a minivan and MB should be ashamed for that car. Upcoming X5 looks just ok...
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW spent decades building brand perception through sportiness and great designs. But now that it has a dedicated buyer base, they are getting sloppy with their designs. Performance is still top notch...but a lot of their cars are just plain ugly now.
      Vien Huynh
      • 2 Years Ago
      So BMW would have a line up of X1 X2 X3 X4 X5 blah blah... and with all the expensive options, idk how they manage to sell those cars without killing sale of each others.
      bdgrizcp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a VW station wagon.
      Mikerat42
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like VW GTI...
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Overpriced tin can minivan,if you want a high $$$ luxury SUV buy a Range Rover. It can actually go off road & looks great outside your million $$$ home.
        bmwlady101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lucky Vanos
        BMW USE TO OWN LANDROVER/RANGEROVER AND DUMPED THEM QUICK FOR A REASON, MAINTENANCE NIGHTMARE................
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      lower and crossover-ized. looks like a lesbowagon
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it looks anything like the anemic ugly 3 series with its lights that go into the grille then no thank you!!! BMW you lost your ways!!!
        MMM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        New 3 is by far the best looking 3 series ever!
      Frank Bevalaqua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks worse than the current model... I wouldn't touch it
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        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        You've obviously not driven a wrx. turbo whine and 4-wheel drifts are far from boring.
        n.bob2
        • 2 Years Ago
        The X1 is surprisingly affordable if you don't get any extras. But yeah it does seem like BMW is going for the lux suby segment.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not so. Subarus are actually very capable offroad. BMW's on the other hand, have such stiff suspension that you'll rattle your teeth off if you tried to offroad with one. BMW's are a 'lifestyle accessory' just like Apple products.
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, they seem to be going that way. Not too thrilled with the new 3-Series either. Took one for a test drive and wondered where the thrill had gone. Weird that they would take this direction.
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