Model life cycles are getting short and shorter, and the X5 is a prime example of the current trend in the automotive world. The third-generation F15 went on sale about three years ago, but as you can see BMW is out there already testing prototypes of the G05 bound to go through some extensive changes to bring improvements in just about all areas.

For starters, switching to the CLAR platform will enable a massive weight loss expected by some people to stand at a whopping 150 kilograms (330 pounds), although this is nothing more than a rumor at this point. Even if the diet won’t be so extreme, the midsize SUV from Bavaria will certainly cut a serious chunk of fat to boost efficiency and performance. Not only that, but the new underpinnings will also boost the X5’s torsional stiffness and should also bring along a slightly longer wheelbase freeing up more legroom for passengers sitting in the back.

2018 BMW X5 spy photo
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While images of the interior cabin are not available at this point, we are not expecting any major changes as we all know BMW likes to play it safe by taking the evolutionary route. That being said, an increase in comfort and refinement is expected from the fourth-gen X5 to make sure it will be able to put up a good fight against the all-new Mercedes GLE slated to arrive by the end of 2018.

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As far as the exterior design is concerned, the prototype was dipped in swirly camouflage to conceal what seems to be a very familiar appearance, which will prompt some folks to say it’s a facelift rather than an all-new model.

Speaking of facelift, it seems weird the current X5 won’t be getting one, but with the competition being so fierce in the segment, BMW wants to take all the measures to remain amongst the top players.

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Gallery: 2018 BMW X5 spy photos

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