The new generation BMW 5 Series models, due to be launched in 2010, have been spotted together near St Remy de Provence in the south of France. With the BMW 5 Series GT Concept already unveiled, the 2010 BMW 5 Series Sedan, Wagon and M5, are the only models still hiding behind the heavy camouflage.
The production version of the 5 Series GT will make its debut at the IAA Frankfurt Auto Show in September, followed in early 2010 by the Sedan and Wagon models. The 2010 BMW 5 Series Sedan is expected to import some design elements from the CS Concept and 2009 BMW 7 Series.
The next-generation BMW 5-series will soften the harder lines of the current E60 with a cleaner front-end design and a more “flat nose” due to the European pedestrian safety regulations.
The 2010 BMW 5 Series Sedan and Wagon will use some of the existing engines, starting with the 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine and of course, the powerful V8 twin-turbo found in the X6 or the 750Li. Even though not confirmed, I am confident that the new 2011 BMW M5 will use the engine found in the upcoming BMW X5 M and X6 M, a modified version of the V8 twin-turbo with twin scrollers outputting 550 horsepower. The entry level models in Europe will be the BMW 520i – 204 hp and 525i – 235 hp.
Diesel engines will be available as well in the next 5 Series line-up, starting with the turbocharged 6 cylinder engine and the twin-turbo one from the 335d as well. Rumors say that a hybrid model will be available in the future as well.
We expect to see the new BMW 5 Series at the Detroit or Geneva Auto Show early next year.
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