The folks at pro-street.dk spotted a camouflaged prototype of the 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan at a gas station in Germany. Judging by those dual exhaust tips, this could be a prototype for the 535i or the 535d, both which will be powered by a six-cylinder mill.
The midsize sedan has been publicly testing for the last twelve months and it’s getting ready for primetime. Our sources say the first images of the new G30 5 Series will appear this summer, followed by an official unveil in September at the Paris Motor Show.
The G30 5 Series uses styling cues from the recently launched 7 Series with an elongated bodystyle, sharp-rounded corners and the upright kidney grille which connects with the sleek headlights. Just like the 7 Series, we expect the new G30 5 Series to offer optional laser headlights with selective beam.
Although the new 5er has grown in size, the car will actually be lighter than the current F10 5 Series. By using carbon in the body structure and the new CLAR platform, the curb weight should fall by up to 100 kilograms. 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.
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.
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.