Later this summer, BMW will unveil the new generation G30 5 Series. Shortly after, the new sports sedan will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show before launching on the market at the end of this year. The U.S. market will receive the first units in early 2017.
Ahead of its unveil and based on the latest spy photos, the folks at Carscoops have created a new render. The image shows a design inspired by the outgoing 5er and current 7 Series.
The front-end styling is dominated by large air intakes, laser headlights and a larger than usual twin-kidney grille. The side view profile displays the typical character line beginning within the front fenders, then flaring out above the door handles.
Being built atop the same CLAR modular platform as the 7 Series, the new 5 Series will also drop considerable weight compared to the current iteration. This will be achieved thanks to CFRP usage in the chassis as well as extensive usage of aluminum everywhere it’s possible.
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As far as the technology bits go, there will be a considerable amount of pressure mounting on the shoulders of the engineers, since the E-Class that was launched not long ago does claim that it is the most technologically advanced car in its segment.
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That means, we’ll probably get to see most of the technology first launched on the 7 Series imbued in its smaller brother, from the new iDrive infotainment system to gesture control and even laser headlights. Some novelties might also make their debut on the 5 Series and my money’s on the Organic LEDs we’ve seen on the M4 GTS.
As for the engine range, no big changes should happen. 1.5-liter 3-cylinder units are not likely to be introduced, and the entry-level choices around the world should still be based on 2-liter 4-cylinder mills. The biggest changes will come from the introduction of the new B-family of modular engines on all models, as well as a more diverse offering of plug-in hybrid versions.
Globally, the new 5 Series will be offered in sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo configurations, followed by the F90 M5.