Lighter, More Powerful 2018 BMW X5M Spied at the Nurburgring

The current BMW X5 has been with us since the 2013 model year and a new model is due soon, with the hot M version of the next-gen SUV having recently been spotted at the Nurburgring.

The all-new X5 will ride on the new aluminum, carbon-reinforced CLAR platform that debuted in the 2017 BMW 7-Series. The M version of the X5 stands to gain the most from this new platform, as it will contribute to better acceleration and top speed and better handling performance. Speaking of performance, the X5 M’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 will have a lot more of it on tap, with output expected to jump to 600 hp from the current 567 hp.

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These images don’t give us much to work with in regards to styling, as the prototype is adorned with some pretty heavy camouflage. Some of the body lines can be made out if you look closely, while the large dual kidney grilles and four large exhaust tips can also be seen. We’re expecting prototypes to ditch more and more camo as the SUV’s 2018 debut date nears.

The next-gen BMW X5 is expected to debut sometime in 2018 before it arrives at dealerships late in the year.

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