Without a doubt, we are rapidly approaching the official unveiling date of the most awaited BMW model in 2011: the new, redesigned F10 5 Series. The latest spy photos taken in Munich are showing a 5 Series test mule which slowly starts to “lose its clothes”. The 2011 BMW 5 Series prototypes have entered the final evaluation phase just a few weeks back, but they seem to advance quickly through the testing stages.
The new 5er will 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.
BMW will revive the successful slogan used in the past, “Die neue Klasse”, to welcome its new F10 5er bodystyle.
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 new 5er has grown in size offering more interior room. Despite the slightly larger dimensions, sources close to BMW talk about the new 5 Series as having similar weight as the E60 models due to a press hardening process who creates lighter and stronger body shells and platforms.
While maintaining the class and sporty allure of a 5 Series, the new model will play an important part in the EfficientDynamics strategy. Several features of this technology will be available in the new 5, from brake energy regeneration to specially designed aerodynamics wheels. Two mild hybrid models are also being considered by BMW with both gasoline and diesel engines.
We’re already looking forward to the official unveiling at the end of this year and most likely followed by a world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010.
Thanks for the tip Gunther!