Next generation BMW 5 Series will be unveiled next year with sales beginning in early 2017. According to our sources, BMW plans to release the sedan and touring version at the same time.
The prototype spotted at the Nurburgring is the 5 Series plug-in hybrid, one of the two hybrids rumored to be offered by BMW: a four or six cylinder conventional engine paired with an electric engine. The 5er plug-in hybrid is rumored to have an autonomy of 580km with 35km on electric power.
At the high-end of the new G30 lineup we will continue to see the six-cylinder engines, in the 530i with 333 horsepower, 540i with 375 hp; and 286 hp 530d, 333 hp 535d and the tri-turbo M550d with 400 hp. The last one is rumored to now feature four turbochargers which should offer astonishing fuel efficiency.
For years, BMW has touted the importance of the three-cylinder engine, the “baby-six” modular plant, which can produce more than 200 horsepower. Even though some expected to see the 1.5 liter three-cylinder in the upcoming 3 Series facelift, BMW has scrapped those plans and will save the little but potent motor for the new 5 Series.
An optional Integral Active Steering will be offered for the first time in combination with the xDrive system. A 2-axle air suspension with automatic leveling is also part of the package. Another nifty feature included with the G30 family will be a Driving Experience Control which includes an adaptive mode based on the driving style and route.
BMW will continue to offer three body styles in the G30 generation: sedan, touring and Gran Turismo.