In 2014, our spy photographers managed to catch the next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring track. Later that year, the next 5 Series was caught once again, when the sedan began testing in Europe. Come 2015, the new 5 Series is still covered in tons of camouflage and most details about the production car are still being kept in the vault.
Rumors suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of the next-generation 7 Series’ CFRP technology, as well as feature an exterior design inspired by the Vision Future Luxury Concept , and an interior stuffed with tons of safety gizmos. What I do know for a fact is that the next 5 Series will break cover sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year, and that the engine lineup will include anything from four-bangers to V-8s, and possibly even a three-cylinder unit. Join me in my speculative review below for more details on BMW’s upcoming midsize sedan .
The new 5 Series will be an evolution of the current design, rather than a revolution
As the rendering above suggests, the new 5 Series will be an evolution of the current design, rather than a revolution. Having already seen the new-generation 7 Series, that’s not at all surprising. Make no mistake though, BMW BMW probably spend a lot of time giving the new 5 Series a makeover consisting of remodeled front and rear fascias, a revised engine hood and reshaped side panels.
Up front, the sedan would feature a new headlamp and grille layout similar to those seen on recently launched Bimmers. The twin-kidney grille would be wider and slimmer, while the sleeker headlamps would run into its chrome surround. This new configuration, together with the revised apron vents, would give the 5 Series a more sportier appearance.
Around back, expect a pair of new taillights, a reshaped trunk lid, and redesigned bumper. Larger exhaust outlets are to be expected on the more powerful models, including a quad-pipe arrangement. On the sides, the 5 Series would retain the nameplates already familiar character lines, including the waistline running from the front bumper to the rear, through the door handles. New side mirrors and side skirts should contribute to the sedan’s new appearance as well.