It turns out that combining the X5’s more conventional profile with a few of the XM’s details and toning everything down gives a pretty handsome SUV. There is hardly any part of XM’s sheet metal that has not been twisted, curled or unnecessarily inflated in size. Our resident artist used a much smaller version of the octagonal grille on this blue X5, increased the size of the strangely small headlights and toned down the details on the lower bumper. As you can see, the “XM-ifised” face of the X5 is striking and modern. It’s all about proportions, since each element corresponds to the size of the vehicle to which it is attached. The hood got subtle bumps, and we made the A-pillars darker.
Along the sides, the more conservative X5̵[ads1]7;s belt line was omitted. Here it rises as it moves along the body, as on the XM. The wheel arches are also dark and square.