Spy Shots: 2010 BMW X5 Facelift

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We have seen photos of the facelifted version of the BMW X5 before, but now we can show the vehicle almost completely undisguised ahead of its expected debut at the end of this year. The second-generation E70 X5 model was introduced in late 2006 so a facelift around the end of the decade is right on cue for the SUV’s mid-cycle update, coming in time for the 2010 model year.

Changes to the X5’s styling will be subtle, with new bumpers added both front and rear as revealed by these latest spy shots. Larger air intakes in the front fascia are the primary change. Slight styling revisions inside, such as the addition as BMW’s second-generation iDrive system, and new alloy wheel designs should also make the cut.

The current lineup of engines will carry over largely unchanged but there will be the new hybrid model and U.S. customers will be able to opt for BMW’s brilliant 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine as well. Another new addition will be the xDrive 50i from the X6.

So, when will the facelifted BMW X5 be unveiled? The most likely point would be next year’s Detroit auto show in January but an earlier reveal at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show in November cannot be discounted.

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Comments (9)
  1. Who would be stupid enough to take this offroad. Just lower the suspension height please, the things stupid enough.

  2. Think if I did ever think of buying this, I would opt for the diesel, never a hybrid


    I am about to buy a new X5, but do not want to wait for the face lift. HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THE FRONT LIGHTS WILL BE CHANGED, DO YOU HAVE THIS OFFICIAL INFORMATION OR ARE YOU JUST ASSUMING? I am assuming that the new X6 lights that we see on the new X5 M version will NOT be added as a new change to the base X5 model in order to separate both models.

  4. What is happening these German cars? Designs are getting worse everyday...

  5. I wish writers would stop calling those textured black plastic things on the front bumper "air intakes" and call them what they are: BUG CATCHERS. That is a styling trend that I hope dies soon.

  6. It seems that many designers are losing sight of what people consider as a good design in average with their own self absorbed idealization that these artsy designer themselves think they know best.
    Perhaps they hope that they can teach consumers what 'is' a good design...

  7. I hate to break it to everyone on here but the 2010 X5 has been out for a couple months now (2010 X5 M) and the regular 2010 models have been out for about 4 weeks. There were no cosmetic upgrades for the 2010 standard models and the majority of what you are seeing is considered the M Sport Package. The M-Sport Package adds different bumpers front and rear, painted side skirts and rocker pannels, and different wheels/tires. The only difference for the 2010 Models were changes to the standard equipment and the addition of the new I-Drive system which can be found in the 2009+ 3 Series and 7 Series, and also the 2010 5 and 6 Series.

  8. Bumpers modification is OK. but change the rear lights and head lights to led is boring face lift trick. they had to put leds when they started to produce the last x5.Im with BMW sales here. Dont see any changes in the back lights. And the front lights are not idential to the X6’s but are more like the current ones with more smoothened out lines, like the X6 but not identical, it still has the big chunky sides. The clear main difference will be the front bumper.

  9. I have 2008 X5 3.0SI, I not interested in the new face, but will it be possible to change the bumper, the head and rear lights if the owner has models from 2007 to 2009, i think it will cost a lot.

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