BMWBLOG has just learned that the new BMW G30 5 Series will have its world premiere at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The latest generation of the premium midsize sedan will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks on the Internet, followed by the first press drives in the fall and market introduction in early 2017.
While many believed the new 5er will land in Paris in September, the second largest European car show of the year will be hosting instead the world premiere of the BMW X2. With no other BMW car launch planned in the next few months, it only makes sense that BMW will use the two auto shows to reveal different mass production vehicles.
The new G30 5 Series is going through its final testing stages and has already been spotted on this side of the pond. 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.
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.
What the 5 Series will inherit from the more premium 7 Series luxury sedan is the latest and greatest tech, from the new iDrive infotainment system to gesture control and even laser headlights. Autonomous driving will be an important component of the new 5 Series so expect an even more advanced system than the one found in the 7 Series.