The development of the 2017 BMW 5 Series is in full swing and prototypes are currently being tested in Europe. The latest spy photos from Germany give us a first look at the hybrid version of the G30 5 Series.
Directly behind the front wheel, we can easily spot a flap which covers the charging socket of the 5 Series, similar to what the BMW i8, X5 xDrive40e and the 328E offer. Just like the upcoming X5 hybrid, the G30 530e is likely to feature a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo petrol engine paired with an electric motor. The power output should be identical to the new X5 xDrive40e, around 300 horsepower combined. The average fuel consumption should be around 2 liters per 100 km, or 117 MPG.
BMW has yet to announce any plans for a diesel hybrid, but the technology is there if needed.
The rumormill churns out that the inductive charging technology seen at 2015 CES will make its way into the 5 Series hybrid. A plug-in version 5 Series would lowers its charge adapter to a garage floor-mounted plate for inductive charging.
The new G30 family is built upon the originally called ‘35up’ platform, now CLAR, which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The platform mixes high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to drop around 80kg from today’s 5-series. CLAR, a contraction of Cluster Architecture, depicts the extra flexibility provided by fewer but more versatile submodules (clusters) which are more extensively adjustable in content, size and adaptability.
Autonomous functions will be the center of future BMWs, and by that we don’t necessarily mean self-driving car, but rather individual, interconnected features that automate some of the driver-performed functions today. The new 5 Series will not only park itself, but change lanes and overtake on the driver’s behalf. It’ll use radar-based cruise control to stay in its lane, detect a car ahead, and signal before pulling out and passing the car in front.
Inside the cabin we will see the new iDrive system with touchscreen and gesture-based functions, the over-the-air updates for the car and other gimmicks that will bring ConnectedDrive philosophy to a new level.
BMW will debut the G30 5 Series next year.
Here is a spy video of a BMW 530d also: