While the BMW 5 Series GT has been already unveiled and heavily discussed upon, the next generation 2010 BMW 5 Series is still “hiding” behind the fake plastic panels.
The two cars have been spotted side-by-side at the famous Nurburgring track and it is probably the first time we see the two 5 Series models in the same photo.
For quite some time, many people associated the 5 Series GT with the next generation 5er and as we stated many times, it was a misconception.
While they are both part of the same family, the design of the two cars will barely resemble each other, so many photoshop attempts were clearly misinterpreted.
At least from what we see in these shots, the front grille will have similar proportions, clearly larger than the one in current model. The new 5 Series has a lower ride height and it will most have a far more aggressive and dynamic stand.
We still believe that the renderings we’ve shown on here a while ago are close to the final production model and if that’s the case, we won’t mind at all.
2012 BMW 5 Series will grow a couple of inches, but the goal is to keep the car at the current weight levels by using extensive aluminum in the exterior panels. The control-arm front suspensions will replace the MacPherson Struts and many options from the 7 Series will be reused: Integral Steering Package, Adaptive damping, sideview and night vision cameras or the head-up display.
To follow BMW’s plan on keeping the production costs low, the platform will be imported from the smaller 7 Series, F01 and it will be implemented in other series as well.
The new 5 Series will feature a variety of engines, from the typical diesel and gasoline powerplants to a hybrid version.
The 2011 BMW 5 Series will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next Spring.
[Source: Spyshots.nl ]
Thanks for the tip Shrawan!