The sixth-generation G30 BMW 5 Series will come to market in summer of 2016. The second 5 Series Gran Turismo will debut in the spring of the same year, followed by the Touring model in the fall.
All these models are built on an all-new high-tech platform called “35up.” The nomenclature designates all the models from the 3 Series all the way up to 7 Series and it’s both a rear-wheel drive and xDrive platform. The platform mixes high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fiber to drop around 80 kg from today’s 5 Series.
The next M5 will also go through a weight lost program and is expected to shed nearly 180 kg while the power output will be raised to close to 600 horsepower. Despite recent rumors that an xDrive is not planned for the next M5, sources told CAR Magazine that an all-wheel drive M5 is possible.
For the first time, a three cylinder engine will be deployed in the 5 Series, most specifically, the entry-level 518d. From a 1.5 liter turbocharged engine, the 518d will produce 150 horsepower and an impressive 4.0 liter per 100 km or 60 US MPG.
BMW is grouping 500cc cylinders together to create three-, four- and six-pot engines, with 60% common parts. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder will power the 520d and 231bhp 525d. As a result, smaller-engined 5 Series share front axles with the next 3 Series, but go for a six- or eight-cylinder 5 Series and you’ll get the front axle from the next 7 Series instead.
At the high-end, BMW will offer the 333 hp 530i, 375 hp 540i and 400 hp for M550d. The diesels will also get a power increase, 286 hp for 530d and 333 hp for 535d. Hybrid versions of the 5 Series will be offered too, including a plug-in version that lowers its charge adapter to a garage floor-mounted plate for inductive charging.
Lots of new tech goes into the G30 5 Series, starting with self lateral parking and automated lane changing with overtaking. It’ll use radar-based cruise control to stay in its lane, detect a car ahead, and signal before pulling out and passing the car in front.