These leaked 2019 BMW X5 photos show off a new look before its world debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
In the automotive world, there are two prevailing exercises when it comes to design. One is revolution – starting all over again with a clean sheet of paper. Those come at times in a cars life where its not good enough to mainly look like the old model, but instead it has to be something different.
The other is evolution, just tweaking the formula a bit to make it better than ever before. This is the route the Germans seem to take, more often than not, as evidenced by the 2019 BMW X5. Yes, this is a new X5, even though it doesn’t look radically different from the old one. That’s done by design, however, as folks have certain expectations when they buy into the BMW brand. Something tasteful, something capable, and of course something solid. Our friends over at Carscoops spotted these leaked photos on a Chinese forum.
Again, don’t go straining your eyes looking for radical changes, because you won’t find them. What you will find, however, is a more distinctive front end with BMW’s adaptive LED headlights and running lights. It looks the X7 iPerformance concept, as well as the newest, sharper generations of BMW’s traditional cars. The side profile of the 2019 BMW X5 looks largely the same, but there is a new rear fascia as well.
What is a bit radical inside the car isn’t so much the layout, as the digital gauge cluster. Sure, other BMWs already have that feature, like the 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, but this setup does look a bit different. Judging by these photos, it looks like the 2019 BMW X5 will cram even more technology into the next generation model than even the current design.
Dimensions and powertrains
According to the preliminary data which accompanied the pictures, the 2019 BMW X5 is 1.4 inches longer, 2.6 inches wider and 0.75 inches taller than the previous generation. It also has a 1.65-inch longer wheelbase, which ought to help with rear legroom, and potentially cargo space.
We expect BMW to stick with its established range of powertrains in the 2019 BMW X5. That means anything from a 248 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to a rip-snorting V8 with nearly 600 horsepower. Mind you, the current X5 M pushes out 592 horsepower from its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 powerplant. Shoved right in the middle should be the brand’s signature 3.0-liter straight-six engine.
More significantly, some reports indicate the 2019 BMW X5 may be over 400 pounds lighter than the current generation. That would certainly help performance and fuel economy, especially if BMW sticks their ubiquitous four-pot unit under the hood.