The New BMW 5 Series. Exterior Design Explained

5-series | November 27th, 2009 by 12

As with any new model, BMW made an habit of bringing their designers into the spotlight and giving them a chance to explain their latest …

As with any new model, BMW made an habit of bringing their designers into the spotlight and giving them a chance to explain their latest creation. Jacek Frohlich, Exterior Designer of BMW 5 Series, and BMW’s Chief Designer, Adrian Van Hooydonk, take the time to outline the design lines of the latest 5 Series.

In some people’s opinion, the new F10 5 Series carries a lot of unique design aspects of the current 2010 3 and 7-Series models. The headlights and front end share a lot with the 5 GT and the 335i. The headlights are slightly modified over the 3-Series units and much smaller than the 5-Series GT, making the new F10 its own uniquely styled BMW. The eyebrow remains an important characteristic in the latest headlights’ design.

Also, the hood is a design feature shared with the current 6 and 3-Series, a look enhanced by the creases coming across the hood. And we’re very pleased to say this, it looks incredibly sporty and aggressive.

The rear-end design has always been an area where BMW typically has taken a less aggressive look to appease more of the subtle luxury crowd, but now they really give you something to stare at when you’re trailing behind the new car, for whatever reason that may be… The taillights are also been highly praised by many BMW fans.

So, let’s let BMW designers explain the new BMW 5 Series exterior design.

12 responses to “The New BMW 5 Series. Exterior Design Explained”

  1. Adnan says:

    i hate it, the front of a 3series, just uglier, and the back of an infiniti g35

  2. X5SoB says:

    It’s an obese 3 series…

  3. Brookside says:

    It’s a very impressive design….but it’s also an indication of where BMW is insofar as beginning to define the post-Bangle era. The new model seems to be a refinement of the traits BMW wants to stress right now….the large grille- ala the 7-er, the re-styled coupe-like roofline from the 3-series. It’s as if they’re gathering what they think is emblematic of current BMW design and folding it into one car. The tail light treatment is really stunning.
    What I think we’ll see going forward is an amalgamation of design in the 3-5-7 series under van Hooydonk….slowly mixing in the new rather than the unique segments of individuality in each series that defined the Bangle years.

  4. Its just stunning… I love it in Motion!!

  5. travelgeek says:

    Bangle was very controversial but also groundbreaking. The to be retired 5 looks still fresh and modern, like no other competition. The former 7 never made it to be a good looking car.

    I see more and more how important the CS concept was for the latest generation of 7 – 5 and soon 3. It was a great looking concept car, so that´s a good thing.

    Lets see how it will look like in reality, normally BM´s look better on the road then in pictures.

    Its a beautiful car, its more an evolution and less a revolution, less risk also..

  6. Simba says:

    What\s up with the ugly grille??? It messed up the entire car. It is not even nearly as good as the spy pictures we saw! This is a huge disappointment!

  7. Simba says:

    The design is not refined! The Volvo nose with those small kidney grille is definately not attractive. As for the tail lights, I don’t like it either, I cannot see how other fans can find it a master piece there. It resembles too much of the current LCI E90, which is not a good design to me. Interior is beautiful though except when in black!

  8. Green says:

    I love E60, but with this I really disappointed… Very sad for me…

  9. e39 m5 says:

    The more I learn about it…the more I like it. I can see how this will become a love it or hate it affair.

    I agree with Travelgeek – it is an evolution – the brand took too much risk with the e60 and now this is a reinstatement of refinement.

    Let’s wait and see what the M5 looks like…

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