The upcoming 2017 BMW 5 Series was spied once again doing hot laps at the legendary Nurburgring race track.
The new G30 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.
Even though the test mule is heavily covered with camouflage, we know that under neath front fascia will be sportier than the current F10 model with hood lines giving the G30 5 Series an aggressive and dynamic look. Some of the current BMW design features trickled their way into the G30 5 Series looks, starting with the headlights flowing into the kidney grille and the sporty character line flowing across the side of the car.
The design is said to be an evolution of the F10 model, but nonetheless quite distinctive.
Inside BMW will stay true to its classy, sporty and premium design, but with a new touch. We expected to see a redesigned dashboard with the free-standing LCD display and tons of premium features currently found in higher-end models. We will see the new iDrive system with touchscreen and gesture-based functions, the over-the-air updates for the car and other gimmicks that will bring ConnectedDrive philosophy to a new level. We even predict a self-opening tailgate as you approach the car with a cell phone or a keyfob in your packet.
For years, BMW has touted the importance of the three-cylinder engine, the “baby-six” modular plant, which can produce more than 200 horsepower. Even though some expected to see the 1.5 liter three-cylinder in the upcoming 3 Series facelift, BMW has scrapped those plans and will save the little but potent motor for the new 5 Series. The reduced mass of the new G30 5er will allow for an entry-level 518d to be powered by three-cylinder diesel producing 150 hp and delivering an impressive 72 mpg fuel efficiency.
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 231 hp 525d, while the leading petrol four is a 272 hp 528i.
Engine size dictates which suspensions slot into place: 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 of the new G30 lineup, we will continue to see the six-cylinder engines, in the 530i with 333 horsepower, 540i with 375 hp; and 286 hp 530d, 333 hp 535d and the tri-turbo M550d with 400 hp. The last one is rumored to now feature four turbochargers which should offer astonishing fuel efficiency. The new eDrive platform will most certainly be incorporated into one or multiple 5 Series hybrids combined with a four or six cylinder conventional engine.
The sixth generation of BMW’s executive sedan arrives next summer and will be offered in a Gran Turismo and Touring bodystyle as well.[Source: Autogespot]