Coinciding with BMW’s 100th anniversary, the new generation 5 Series will debut in 2016. Codenamed G30, the sixth generation of BMW’s executive sedan arrives next summer and will be offered in a Gran Turismo and Touring bodystyle as well.
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.
According to our sources, the front fascia will certainly be bumped a notch in sportiness while the hood lines will give the G30 5 Series an aggressive and dynamic look. Some of the current BMW design features trickled their way into the G30 5 Series looks, starting with the headlights flowing into the kidney grille and the sporty character line flowing across the side of the car.
The design is said to be an evolution of the F10 model, but nonetheless quite distinctive.
Inside BMW will stay true to its classy, sporty and premium design, but with a new touch. We expected to see a redesigned dashboard with the free-standing LCD display and tons of premium features currently found in higher-end models. 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. We even predict a self-opening tailgate as you approach the car with a cell phone or a keyfob in your packet.
Self-parking your car with the keyfob is something that we expect as well.[Photos: TopSpeed]