2018 BMW X5 Mule Spied Testing on the Nurburgring

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A next-generation BMW X5 mule has been spied testing at the Nurburgring.

The 2018 BMW X5 mule was first spotted by spy photographers last winter and now that it has warmed up around the world, the German automaker has taken it out onto the Nurburgring. Although it is still a very early test mule that uses the current BMW X5’s body, the automaker is able to test its new platform without having to reveal much of its new design. The new platform is expected to help reduce weight thanks to lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber.

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It is believed that the next-generation BMW X5 will become a sportier offering, as BMW prepares a range-topping X7 SUV that will appeal to those looking for more luxury and comfort. Rumors suggest that the new BMW X7 will not only be roomier but offer seating up to seven.

Expect to see more spy photos of the next-generation BMW X5 as the company continues testing, but since the model isn’t expected to make its debut for a couple more years, it might be a while until we see the new production body.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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