With six months to go before the new BMW 5 Series is being released, test mules continue to be seen in the Munich area. Sporting less and less camouflage, the 2011 5 Series entered a few weeks back the Final Evaluation phase going through variety of testing scenarios to correct any issues that might arise in real life driving.
BMW will revive the successful slogan used in the past, “Die neue Klasse”, to welcome its new F10 5er. the 6th generation model of the highly successful and important midclass sedan.
The new 5er will of course replace the successful and avantgarde looking E60 series and will be an all-new car from the ground up. With the new 5 GT model being part of the same family, the exterior design will show slightly similar design cues: mirrors , side indicator lights and door handles.
Every body panel is unique to the 5er, as BMW claims the 5er Gran Turismo is a stand alone premium concept. The idea behind the new 5 Series was to produce a car that looks expensive, but more modern and proportionate than a typical mid segment sedan. The low roofline and short overhangs are typical of this approach and in general the car is evenly proportioned with a wider track to accommodate larger wheelarches.
The 2011 BMW 5 Series preserves the exclusivity of a new BMW and avoids duplicating the 7 Series look as a smaller 7er or as the popular phrase “One sausage different lengths”. What makes the car really stand out will be in the driving experience and the reduction of weight from one generation to the next. BMW needed a new solution that would help take weight off its cars and the inclusion of a press hardening process at the 5er’s production base will make this highly evident. Body shells and platforms are lighter and stronger using this new process.
Efficient Dynamics will be highly featured in the next generation 5er with the usual features. BMW will offer two Active Hybrid 5 Series. One will use the same “mild” hybrid technology as the 7er – The Active Hybrid 5. The other hybrid will be the Active Hybrid 5d which uses the same system as the Active Hybrid X6, but will replace the V8 for a 3.0d.
Interior design will continue down the same path as the 5 Series GT and 7 Series, a more luxurious approach with an driver oriented concept.
If our sources are correct, the first 2011 BMW 5 Series official photos will be released in December, followed by a world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010.
Thanks for the photos Simon!