For the first time we have pictures of what seems to be the third generation BMW X5 (codenamed F15)’s test mule which will be due in late 2013 or early 2014. As with all test mules, the vehicle or SAV(Sports Activity Vehicle as BMW calls it) that has been spotted is fully camouflaged and much of the details are hazy.
Apparently the new 2013 BMW X5 will be sporting a much lower ground clearance and will also be lighter in comparison to the current X5. The new X5 is expected to use a modified version of the same chassis underpinning the 5 Series (F10) and will be weighing in at around 1,814 kg compared to the current 2,125 kg of the X5 xDrive30i.
Another major area where BMW will be focusing on for the new X5 is improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. Although the crossover is expected to continue to make use of the same engines currently available, the reduced body weight and the introduction of an ActiveHybrid version should take care of most of BMW’s concerns as far as fuel efficiency and emissions is concerned.
The new BMW X5 might make an official appearance at the 2014 North American International Auto Show or maybe even earlier, with the new X6 joining the X5 a couple of months later. For now check out the shots of the test mule captured by WorldCarFans.