BMW engineers have been busy testing a prototype for the next generation X5 SUV on the famed Nurburgring in Germany. Luckily for us, our spy photographers were on hand to catch it in this all-access video.
Despite the model wearing a thick layer of camouflage, we can see the design is taking an evolutionary rather than revolutionary approach. However, we are expecting more in depth upgrades to the technical aspects beneath the skin.
According to reports, the new generation X5 will ride on a new architecture that is known in-house as "X for All" and will be used across the BMW X range. A strict weight watchers diet is expected to result in a loss of around 150kg in comparison to the current generation which should give the model a base kerb weight of around 2,000kg (4409lbs).
Power options will include a frugal hybrid as well as a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 producing around 565hp (421kW/573PS) for the successor to the X5M. There have also been reports that a new 2.0-liter diesel with 245hp (183kW/248PS) and 349Nm(258 lb ft) of torque will also be added to the range.
Expect to see the next generation BMW X5 in production form sometime during 2013 before it goes on sale early in 2014.