Low resolution images from Munich give us a closer look at the upcoming 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan. But this is not your ordinary 5 Series. The prototype spotted in a plug-in hybrid G30 5 Series which will be launched alongside petrol and diesel variants. The G30 5 Series will be more efficient with new petrol and diesel four- and six-cylinder engines, plus a three-cylinder diesel for the most basic model – the 518d with 150 hp.
But this high level of efficiency is further increased with three plug-in hybrid versions. Depending on the model, an optional inductive load charging technology will be offered. One of these three, the least powerful, is the BMW 530E eDrive equipped with the same powertrain found in the new BMW 330e; a four-cylinder engine plus an electric motor to offer a power of 245 hp. In pure electric mode, you can travel up to 35 km with a maximum speed of 120 km/h.
A 9-speed automatic transmission with a “Proactive Drive Assistant” will be able to shift ahead of time to overtake if the network of sensors and cameras detect a car ahead with a speed much lower than yours.
BMW will unveil the new generation of the midsize 5 Series sedan in Summer 2016. Built under the chassis name – G30 – the 5 Series uses the CLAR platform which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The modular platform allows BMW to create a new class of vehicles that will be lightweight and rear-wheel drive.
All three variants – sedan, touring and gran turismo – are rumored to launch concomitantly.[Source: Reporter.AutoPlus via IndianAutosBlog]