SPIED: Next BMW X5
What a start into the new year! Here are the very first spy pictures of the all-new BMW X5, shot near the automaker's Munich headquarters on one of the first working days in January.
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First impressions are this vehice will grow significantly in length and will feature a longer roof. This is clearly necessary to distance the new X5 from its smaller stablemate, the X3, which itself had to grow a bit to make room for the still-new X1.
The increase in length will give BMW the option to offer a third row of seats, making the future X5 a seven-seater - a feature strongly demanded by the important US market.
The prototype seen in our pictures is powered by a V8 engine but a hybrid will certainly offered, too.
We expect the car to be launched sometime in 2013.