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    Spying: BMW X5

    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    January 16, 2012

    The current BMW X5, which has been on sale since 2006, is getting a bit long in the tooth. BMW knows it and is beginning to work on a next generation model which has been caught by a spy photographer.

    Like the BMW 3-Series spy photos, the X5 mule has false headlights and taillights, and a lot of camouflage. But, judging from the profile, expect the new X5 to share a resemblance to the current X3 with a blunt front end and a different angle of slope for the tailgate.

    A source says the new X5 will ride on a on a heavily-modified 5 Series platform; codenamed F15. Engines will likely include BMW’s turbo six and eight engines, including a diesel option. Also, expect a M and ActiveHybrid model to come as well.

    Production of the new X5 could start in the forth quarter of 2013 at BMW’s Spartanburg, S.C. plant.

    Source: Motor Trend

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    The new X3 is butt ugly in my personal opinion. I think the X5 will end up being just as ugly if they use the X3 as a roll model. Not impressed with BMW's style direction lately.

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