Ever since it was unveiled this past Monday, the new 2011 BMW 5 Series has been analyzed and over analyzed by many automobile magazines and of course, the BMW community. Some of you have said the new 5 Series to be the “child of 3 and 7 Series” while others saw some of the Z4 front-end in it.
Truth is that the new BMW design language can be seen across the entire new line-up and some design elements are being shared or…bit at least, bits of them.
Today, we decided to put together a photo comparison between the new BMW 5 Series, the F01 7 Series and the facelifted 3er Sedan. Before we jump into it, let’s recap what our editor Josh had to say earlier in another article:
“Sure, some might say it looks like the 3-Series, 7-Series and Z4 had a love child, but it’s something that those two aren’t; BMW’s most important new model for the next few years. It’s even more important than the F01/02 7-Series and it is about as important as the E90 3-Series.
While the 3 sells more cars, the 7 is the luxury giant, the 5 is the car that most people making $60,000-$100,000 are going to be looking at. It’s BMW’s technology bread and butter. If it’s good enough for the 5ers, it’s good enough for the rest of BMWs.”
Looking at the three images above, no one can’t deny that some similarities exist, starting with the headlights design, front-grille and the hood design. As Josh pointed out, the headlights and front-end also share some elements with the 5 GT. The headlights are slightly modified over the 3-Series units and much smaller than the 5-Series GT, making the new F10 its own uniquely styled BMW.
At the rear-end, in our opinion the three vehicles are quite distinctive and can’t be blamed to have much in common.
Some said that when looking from the side, the new 5 looks like a shortened F01 7er, but judging by these photos, we see more similarities with the 3 Series Sedan and very much common ground with the 7 Series. It is worth pointing out that the 5er still looks distinctive and we have no doubt that in real life will differentiate itself even more.
Since the point of this exercise was to engage you and allow you to express your opinion regarding this comparison, we will leave you with one more comparison photo before your comments start to come in.