2018 BMW X5 spy shots and video

BMWs typically have a shelf life of seven years but that won’t be the case for the current X5 whose successor is already out testing.

Though heavily camouflaged, the prototype reveals a new, more dynamic look dominated by the pronounced shake nose hood and grille treatment. It also reveals that the redesigned X5 will grow in size compared to the third-generation model currently on sale, which should lead to more interior space.

The third-gen X5 was introduced for the 2014 model year but its underpinnings are shared with the second-gen X5 on sale since the 2007 model year. This fourth-gen model, which we’re currently expecting to arrive in late 2017, as a 2018 model, won’t have anything in common with its predecessors.

It will ride on the SUV version of BMW’s modular platform that debuted in the 2016 7-Series and has since appeared in the 2017 5-Series. Referred to internally as a CLAR, short for Cluster Architecture, the platform combines lightweight materials such as aluminum and magnesium—and carbon fiber in the case of the 7-Series—with conventional steel to save weight while increasing rigidity and strength.

The SUV version of the CLAR platform should appear first in a redesigned X3, also due out in 2017. The platform is also pegged for an X7 full-size SUV that BMW has confirmed for launch in 2018.