BMW has been spied testing what appears to be its next-generation X5, featuring its new design language.

    The new X5 is expected to gain an electric version called the iX5, which could eventually replace the current electric iX.

    According to Bimmerpost forum user ynguldyn, who claims to compile future product information from leaks within BMW, the next-generation X5 and its iX5 companion will enter production in August 2026.

    The similarly sized iX will reportedly overlap with it, exiting production in June 2028.

    Unlike the current iX, which looks radically different to the current X5, the next-generation X5 and its iX5 sibling are expected to share the same body and CLAR underpinnings.

    That will make the relationship between BMW’s large combustion-powered and electric SUVs more like that of its 5 Series and i5, for example.

    There are two different examples that have been spied testing, one featuring larger, red brake calipers. One is also riding on huge 22-inch alloy wheels.

    Given the lack of exhaust outlets, both prototypes may be iX5s.

    The X5 looks to be the latest vehicle to ditch conventional door handles. Instead, like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, there appear to be buttons to release the door, with tabs jutting out so you can then pull it open.

    The prototypes spied testing look quite similar to another vehicle recently spotted, which is believed to be replacing the current iX3.

    Both SUVs feature the design language previewed by the Vision Neue Klasse sedan and Vision Neue Klasse X SUV concepts, with a more angular nose and slimmer grille.

    It’s unclear which Neue Klasse concept grille the X5 will wear – the Vision Neue Klasse has a wider, more horizontal take on the classic double-kidney grille, while the Vision Neue Klasse X wears a very slim, upright interpretation.

    A report earlier this year by Automotive News said the 2027 X5 has been shown to dealers from across the Americas, with one dealer calling its look “mean”.

    It will reportedly feature X-shaped headlights, though this is likely referring to the LED daytime running light signature.

    BMW executives also reportedly told dealers the brand doesn’t intend to stop building V8s yet and will continue catering to demand, which suggests we could still see X5s with bent-eight power.

    The company has confirmed its electric models won’t be visually differentiated from combustion-powered vehicles, even as it rolls out a new EV platform called Neue Klasse.

    “We will change the entire portfolio within a relatively short period of time, so that it has one look and feel and also the same capabilities,” BMW senior vice president of brand and product management Bernd Körber told Autocar.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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