The second generation X5 looks like it carries on with the main characteristics from its predecessor. The new model has been developed under the code-name E 70.
The main difference is that the newcomer is about 16 cm longer and 6 cm wider than the current model. It is thus providing enough room for a third row of seats. Like with all the other modern luxury off-roaders, also the new X5 can seat up to seven passengers, which quite obviously has become a must.
Power is expected to come from two revamped Diesel engines, a 3,0 litre six cylinder/231 HP and a 4,5 litre V8/330 HP and from gasoline engines starting with a 3,0 litre six cylinder /258 HP up to a new V8 5,0 litre /367 HP.
The new X5’s release is scheduled for October 2006, an M-version could be in the pipeline for later on.