BMW will offer the X5 with a four-cylinder turbodiesel engine for the first time when the new model goes on sale late in 2013. This will help put the X5 on to more company car lists and will give BMW a direct rival to the Mercedes ML250 CDI.
The new X5 will use the platform form the current X3, but it will be stretched for a longer wheelbase and wider track. However, BMW hints the X5 will stick with a five-seat layout rather than trying to compete with the Land Rover Discovery’s seven seats.
After its launch, the X5 will also be joined by a new version of the X6 and all X5 models will be produced at BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, USA.