The BMW 5-series has always been a very successful model for the german automobile manufacture, and the new 2009 BMW 5-series it will definitely follow its predecessors. The current model range has been on the market since 2003. Early illustrations show toned-down creases and edges, less-busy details, and a more elegant overall appearance.
Several prototypes have been already spotted on the streets of Munich and from the spy photos we could see that 2009 BMW 5-series has a different front end and extra wide fenders. A longer wheelbase will boost rear seat room, while a wider track and a slightly lower ride height give the car a more ground-hugging stance.
The new model will also get bigger wheels, the standard size is 17 inch, wheel sizes 18 and 19 inch will be optional. Due to the wider track and lower height the all new styling of the new 5-Series will make it look almost like a coupe. Power comes from a large choice of 6 gas engines (ranging from 2.5 litre 218hp to 4.4 litre V8 biturbo 408hp) and four new generation of reduced-emission diesels (ranging from 2.0 litre 175hp to 3.0 litre 300hp).
The new car is expected to drop slightly in weight, despite a modest increase in size, thanks to the use of light-weight materials. The 5 will be loaded with all the electronic goodies, including new electronic damper and active yaw control systems. The next M5 is expected to upgrade the current M5’s 550-hp V10, mated to a dual-clutch transmission, arriving in 2010 Inside, there’s a new instrument panel, an optional head-up display, and a center console angled toward the driver, similar to the one found in the E39 models and the 3-series E46. Take a look at these pictures and judge for yourself.
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