Under wrap for nearly five months, the test drives of the G30 5 Series prototype were finally unleashed onto the Interwebs last week. Most of the early reviews have been positive, focusing exclusively on the driving experience since the design of the midsize sedan was still being kept under the camouflage wrap.
To go along with the reviews, BMW has also released a new set of images showcasing the 5 Series on the backroads of Wales. Now based on those images, rendering artists from German magazine Auto Zeitung have decided to draw the front-end of the upcoming sedan. Design wise, the G30 5 Series is an evolution of the F10 5er, but with modern accents which will clearly distinguish the two models. Even though were eager to call it a smaller 7 Series, the new midsize sedan will have its own identity and character.
Built on BMW’s new CLAR architecture (A play on “Cluster Architecture”), the very same one that underpins the 7 Series, the new G30-generation BMW 5 Series will be far lighter than its predecessor. While there is no Carbon Core tech in the new 5 Series, like their is in the 7er, there is an impressive amount of other lightweight materials. Things such as the doors, roof and rear decklid are made from aluminum. The carbon fiber beam on the B-pillar of the 7 Series has been replaced with a magnesium one in the new 5er. All of those lightweight materials lighten the 5 Series by 220 lbs over the previous-gen car, which is an impressive figure.
According to the reviews, the new 5 Series seems to be much improved over the car it replaces. It’s lighter, leaner, stronger and more technologically advanced. Its steering is much better, as are its handling dynamics. It’s head and shoulders above the current F10 5 Series and this has been gathered just from some prototype drives. The real test drives will commence in November, previewed by the world unveil next month.