German magazine Auto Motor und Sport sketches the next generation BMW 5 Series GT. Along with the 5 Series Sedan and Touring, the Gran Turismo will arrive to market in late 2016. For the first time, BMW is said to plan a roll-out of all three models concurrently.
In the rendering below, the graphic artist used some of the current BMW design, starting with the headlights flowing into the kidney grille and the sporty character line flowing across the side of the car. The 5 GT will likely retain the same roof line, but with a more appealing boot design.
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 and the over-the-air updates for the car.
The new G3x 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.
BMW is grouping 500cc cylinders together to create three-, four- and six-pot engines, with 60% common parts. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder will power the 520d and 231 hp 525d, while the leading petrol four is a 272 hp 528i. A three cylinder engine will power a 518d with around 150 horsepower.
Engine size dictates which suspensions slot into place: smaller-engined 5-series share front axles with the next 3-series, but go for a six- or eight-cylinder 5-series and you’ll get the front axle from the next 7-series instead.
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 M550d with 400 hp. The last one is rumored to now feature four turbochargers which should offer astonishing fuel efficiency.
First images of the 5 Series family will be unveiled sometimes in Summer of 2016.