With the 2011 BMW 5 Series moving into the Final Evaluation Phase, more and more test mules will be seen in the next few months and implicitly, lots of new spy photos. So, we’re going back to this “silly game” where we try to figure out what BMW is hiding underneath the funky camouflage.
Yesterday, we posted the first photos of a 5 Series Touring test mule without the heavy body armor we’ve seen before. Courtesy of our friends at GlobalMotors, we have new, larger photos of a similar Touring test mule.
Due to launch next Spring, the new 5 Series has a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the current generation 5er. Even though some people expected to see a large CS Concept influence in the design, that will not be the case. Some CS design cues will be seen at the front-end, but mostly related to the headlights design.
The front-grille, as we mentioned yesterday as well, is smaller than the one seen on either the new 7 Series or the CS, but still a bit wider than the current E60 5 Series models.
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, we are very 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, including the rumored, semi-confirmed Tri-Turbo diesel in development, which will arrive at a later date.[Source: GlobalMotors and Carpix ]