By on June 5, 2018

A handful of photos of the 2019 BMW X5 leaked over the weekend, but their questionable resolution elicited queries about their authenticity — as did their Chinese origins. Those pics were followed by dozens more a few days later, along with confirmation from BMW that they’re the real deal.

While official photos of the vehicle were supposed to appear later this summer, the X5 isn’t slated to go on display until the Paris Motor Show this October. However, a Chinese auto forum was spotted by CarScoops posting the works Tuesday morning. 

Utilizing BMW’s CLAR platform, the X5 is rumored to gain over an inch in total length with its width seeing over double that. Engine options are supposed to include a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, mid-range straight six, and top-tier V8. All of the powerplants will make use of turbocharging, with the smaller offerings gaining diesel variants.

The M version should see the same 4.4-liter (S63B44T4) twin-turbo V8 found in the M5 sedan. BMW’s xDrive should come standard on all models, with the base being the only possible exception, and not in every market.

While the interior reflects some design aspects we’ve seen on the X7 Concept, mainly the sharper angles and big grille, the company hasn’t reinvented the wheel. It still looks like a BMW utility, which is to be expected. The interior also isn’t wildly different from the outgoing model, but represents a lot of subtle alterations. Among the biggest changes is a digital instrument panel and 12.3 inch center screen that almost serves as an extension of it. There also seems to be fewer buttons and knobs overall, compared to the current model year.

BMW seemed fine in confirming the pictures but was slightly less willing to express the validity of the Chinese forum’s specs, even though they seemed genuine. You can expect a follow-up later on.

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40 Comments on “2019 BMW X5 Leaked Before Paris Unveiling...”

  • avatar

    It’s sad that anybody cares enough to leak them…

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    Principal – Nicely done.

    x5 is a nice car i m sure. I m at the age/income where I could easily afford one of these but, I have ZERO need to impress others with one and greatly dislike layers on layers of complexity the x 5 has.

    (and zero patience for the multiple service visits after the first 2 years.)

    I ll stick with my toy hon buru.

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    Oh yeah. 1 more thing.
    The X 5 has Jeep compass tail lights. Thinned a bit, but still jeep style.

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    BMW seem to be treading water. Compare this interior to the Range Rover Velar for example.

    Worse still according to the 2017 JD power dependability survey in the U.K. BMW came bottom for having the most reported faults, lower than Land Rover, Mercedes and Audi. Interestingly Jaguar were a long way ahead of all the German brands and even scooped the award for making the most dependable premium large car. So now if you want to buy a reliable premium car forget the Germans but a Jag!

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    30-mile fetch

    The rock-crawling pics are a riot.

  • avatar

    They could have “leaked” a picture of a 2015 and I couldn’t tell the difference. It’s becoming a 911.

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    It’s sad to see BMW going full-hunday with their designs like this. Nothing I’m looking at makes sense and certainly nothing looks premium, let alone luxurious.

    • 0 avatar

      I think it’s ok to criticize Hyundai, but your trick is more aimed at denigrating it. I don’t think that’s cool.

      • 0 avatar

        “but your trick is more aimed at denigrating it”

        you are gonna have to explain this one, for me at least.

        • 0 avatar

          TwoBelugas, IBx1 has been referring to Hyundai as “hunday” for some time now. Though approaching the actual pronunciation of the name, I think their intention is to mock it, as the context above also shows. At least that’s my read.

          • 0 avatar


            But “hunday” is actually how my area’s Hyundai’s own TV commercials pronounce it.

            If that’s a mock then there must be a much more elaborate back story I missed.

    • 0 avatar

      Actually going more like “Hyundai” would have been better; the new Santa Fe manages to look premium while still having an aggressive/sleek bent (even w/ its FWD proportions).

      This isn’t awful (like the RX), but was expecting more from BMW considering the 8 Series and Concept Z4 (both big improvements on the rather bland BMW designs of late, when not bordering on ugly – the i3 and the previous 1 Series hatch).

      Always liked the current X5 but it’s starting to show its age and can’t decide if this new one is an improvement.

      Also not a good thing that BMW saddled the new X5 w/ its outdated interior/dash design (don’t know why they did that when BMW has shown more modern/sleeker looking dash designs in its latest concepts).

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    Not as nice looking as the XC90.

    Guess they are depending on the brand name to carry it.

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    Kyree S. Williams

    It’s strange that BMW decided not to do a facelift at all for the current F15/F85 X5, instead electing for a relatively short life-cycle and a complete redesign for ’19. The only big changes the outgoing X5 ever saw were the addition of iDrive 6 and the rectangular exhaust tips becoming standard. Earlier, gas and diesel I6 models had smaller, round tailpipes, while V8, M-Sport, and plug-in hybrid versions had square tailpipes, but at some point (it would have had to be ’17 or ’18, they made the rectangular tips standard across the range).

    As for the car itself, this is as evolutionary a design as the X5 has ever had, even though it’s on a brand-new platform and everything. The biggest tell-tale might be the tall grille.

    I doubt it’s been confirmed as to whether or not the RWD “sDrive” variant (introduced when the outgoing generation arrived) will be discontinued, making AWD “xDrive” standard…but I bet you’re right. The reason I say that is because the previous RWD X3 had a low take rate, causing there not to be a RWD version of the new one…and the X5 seems to have even fewer buyers going for the RWD model. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the RWD version goes away entirely.

    Also, Mercedes-Benz should be debuting a brand-new GLE-Class any minute now, so there’ll be stiff competition.

  • avatar

    Did they change something? Zzzzzzzzz….

  • avatar

    Looks just like the 2019 Mediocrity.

  • avatar

    Yet another toaster on wheels.

  • avatar

    Lookit that SUV, er SAV, ground clearance! Watch out for pebbles on the highway. This is a wagoon.

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    It’s different? I don’t see it.

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    I click into comment expecting some negative ones, mirroring my own thoughts.

    But jeez apparently we are all on the same page.

    This thing is so zero emotion, I can’t even tell the difference. But hey, what should I expect from BMW these days? As an E90 owner in a family of multiple 3 and 5 sedan owners, a father that once had a 2002… When I visit the dealership the last few years I am constantly underwhelmed. And I haven’t even had the chance to drive anything new and be further disappointed.

    I don’t know if it’s getting to mid 30s or my millennial generation but I have to say I’m losing my car enthusiasm. Nothing seems to excite or wow. So much feels forced or like this car, BMW is mailing it in and then people still buy the trash they’re offering because, I don’t know, BMW has a brand name, or USED TO have a brand that actually MEANT something. Instead of uninspiring mediocre offerings that provide no distinguishing features and they’re laughing at buyers who keep showing up.

    Seems like the entire industry is just becoming appliance-like fakes. Everything from everyone looks the same, drives the same, feels the same, has the same 2.0L I4 turbo, and entices buyers not by the way it drives or the way it coddles but because you can pretend to be rich and drive a BMW or a CLA or a 65k 5 series with the same engine as a Ford.

    So we’re supposed to be excited by this?

    I’m honestly about done with this entire automotive thing. BMW is Exhibit A as to what has gone wrong in the auto industry, especially for enthusiasts. A fake brand staying alive based on a legitimate past, peddling mediocre crap for ridiculous prices onto a stupid public that continues to be willing to open up their wallets way too wide to have the pleasure of owning (renting?) a badge.

    Why bother anymore?

    • 0 avatar

      Hey now – there is still the 2-series. Provided you like small coupes.

    • 0 avatar

      All the cars worth having were already made. Everything here on out is going to be hybrid and automatic, heavy but with granite suspension, sterile and uneventful. I’d argue the Abarth is the last hurrah of proper performance cars, but their decision to offer those with automatics means we can’t spot one and know for sure that the owner cares.

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    If these comments are anything to go by, I’d say it’s the consumer or “enthusiast” that is the problem now. Mercedes and the like have you drunk on style over substance. Yeah it fits the profile of an X5,but why shouldn’t it? It’s an x5. It has plenty of details to tell it apart from the outgoing model. Open your eyes, jeez.

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    I see BMW today as what Buick or Cadillac was 45-50 years ago. They are something that people aspire to own and show off, they buy them once they feel they have ‘made it’ enough to be able to afford to coddle themselves in real or imagined luxury. They want people to see them in their driveway and they like being seen in them. They are not stupidly expensive compared to the other options. You can buy a nicely optioned X5 or a nicely optioned Diesel F350, whichever floats (or tows) your boat.

    It used to bother me more when they were the best performance driving compromise vehicles in their respective classes (mid 1980’s to mid 2000’s 3 & 5 series sedans) and most people would buy them for status and not appreciate, or take advantage of, the driving dynamics, while regular people had to be happy with front wheel drive Sentra SE-R’s. Today, most people want a BMW that drives like a Buick – but better – and that is what they get. The lease prices after negotiation aren’t terribly out of line with other similar vehicles and their target demographic (successful boomers) largely do not want to drive Japanese cars, much less Korean cars. They also don’t want to drive the Buick’s that their parents drove.

    I do not want to drive a BMW, mostly due to what I see as a negative stigma. I’ve done extended test drives in the current 750i, 540i and ‘competitive’ cars in that size class from other MFG’s. My impression after driving many of them is that I have to buy a lesser car for similar money just to avoid owning a BMW. Same issue I ran into the last 2 times I bought a new car. I bought what I saw as the best vehicle without the BMW badge that drove almost as well and would probably be more reliable long-term.

    But, what I see as a negative, others see as a positive. Not Stigma – Status!

    When you talk about purchasing/owning a vehicle out of warranty, you are talking about a whole different set of parameters.

    • 0 avatar

      I could not have said it better myself. Right around the mid 80’s is when BMW started being bought as an accessory by people that had no clue what the car was capable of and meant in the auto industry. these new BMW’s are a good looking joke. I cant count how many times i’ve mistaken a Honda Accord for a 3 series and vice versa. All these cars look a like with very few exceptions(Cadillac being one)and i for one don’t want my 50 to 60,000 BMW to be looking like a 25,000 Accord.

    • 0 avatar

      In most experiences, you do not want to be owning a German luxury car without a warranty even if you are a master auto technician. Parts are very pricey and powertrains are around 1/4 the cost of the vehicle MSRP. Labor is still double that of Honda or Toyota vehicle’s however. Many electronic components can go wrong like ECU, infotainment mode, etc… cost thousands each to replace. Even the very rich drive Toyota’s and Ford pickups but they stay clean of luxury cars for the most part.

  • avatar

    Is this on Tatooine? Every shot has multiple shadows and the direction of the sun(s) change for each pic.

  • avatar

    Oh, so it’s the new BMW MDX. Wonder if you can tell them apart without the kidney grill.

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    Another too wide too tall console.

    This BMW is new ?

  • avatar

    The level of hate for BMW here is bizarre. Owning them for a status symbol was never something I have considered because I like them the way they drive, not for a perceived display of my net worth. I own two…a 2009 335d and a 2011 X5 35d. Both have BMW’s amazing M57 twin turbo 3.0L diesel engine that makes 425 lb ft and 265 hp at 1700 rpm. Even with all that instant power on tap the 335d gets 35 mpg at 80-90 and the X5d gets 25. The 335d is the best road trip car Ive ever owned and the X5d handles better, has more usable power, and has better fuel economy than than any other SUV that I know of. Both cars have been very reliable. The 335d has 99500 miles and the X5d has 135,000. I do preventative maintenance on them when I know its due such as trans, diff, transfer case fluid changes, fuel filters, crankshaft dampers. By educating myself on the M57 engine and servicing as needed, neither car has ever left me stranded. Anyway thats my two cents worth.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. I have spent many years and miles in BMWs. If you can’t appreciate them, or click your tongue at how expensive they are or unreliable, well more the pity. If you are however a driver that like vehicles that make you a better driver all the while having luxury car refinement and fuel efficiency, you could do a lot worse the BMW.

      The beauty of X5’s is the excellent space efficiency, driving posistion, and yes reliability and durability. No doubt they are complicated, but not so esoteric that they can’t be driven into the ground with confidence. I have driven and owned more than anyone would ever care to know, but I think BMW uber alas.

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