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With slightly less of BMW’s trademark spiral camouflage covering this prototype, these shots are our best glimpse yet of the new generation BMW 5 Series sedan.

Featuring prominently at the front is also our first look at BMW’s latest interpretation of the twin-kidney grille, with sources in Europe claiming the new 5 Series will move away from the polarizing design of the current model.

Using the internal codename “F10″, the new generation 5 Series will soften the harder lines of the current E60 with more conventional-looking headlights and a cleaner front-end design.

2009 BMW 5 Series sedan spied

As is typical with most BMW redesigns, the new 5 Series will boast an extended wheelbase by nearly ten centimetres along with a widened track.

The overall length is expected to grow by less than two centimetres thanks to a shorter front overhang forced by new European pedestrian safety standards.

2009 BMW 5 Series sedan spied

Base power will likely come from a 2.5-litre straight-six while top-range models will use the current 4.8-litre V8 with turbocharging likely to be on the cards.

  • Captain Mainwaring

    This is looking like the logical successor to the beautifully-proportioned E39 series of 1995-2003. It’s as though the hideous Bangle-Tangle current model never needed to exist.
    Maybe these guys are slowly coming to their senses.

  • Deco

    Isn’t it 2009 already?

    Is this meant to be 2010 BMW 5 series?

    Looks nice, I don’t mind the 5 series =].

  • Dude

    looks like a bloated 3 series to me…disapointing guys…what happend to the gorgeous CS Concept styling cues??

  • Alex

    I think it looks like it will be very handsome, but it is a bit heavy looking. I too would like to see more CS in their new cars, that’s a design language I can understand. I want BMWs to be stunning again. I personally haven’t minded any of the BMWs that everybody else seems to hate; I actually think the current 5 Series looks bit boring if anything, but they aren’t stunning.
    And just to clarify, by stunning, I don’t mean take the Audi way out and add hundreds of LEDs. I think LEDs look great on cars, but they are getting a tad common.

  • Gilly

    Hmmm, looks like every other BMW, no radical changes but the signature grille is getting uglier and uglier in proportion to the rest of the body.

  • The Realist

    Alex Says:
    July 17th, 2009 at 7:02 pm
    “And just to clarify, by stunning, I don’t mean take the Audi way out and add hundreds of LEDs. I think LEDs look great on cars, but they are getting a tad common.”

    I agree – Porsche and MB have joined the party. BMW’s “angel eyes” are bright enough as they are and signify the car is “BMW” from a distance, and LED technology is utilised through the rest of the car lighting, especially the rear.

  • Baddass

    Yes quite nice. Less confronting is more appealing I say.

  • Devil666

    Side profile looks very VE Commodore…

  • Wheelnut®™

    Devil666 Says: July 17th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Side profile looks very VE Commodore.

    ….and that’s a bad thing how exactly…?

  • Tim

    Wheelnut: “…and that’s a bad thing how exactly…?”

    Umm, because the 5 Series will be at least 2 times more expensive? Common sense really.

  • Myke

    For those of you complaining that it looks like every other BMW, that is not a bad thing. BMW (and Mercedes for that matter) have remained consistent throughout the years and as a result have a higher resale value. Audi on the other hand change their design language every 15 minutes and therefore suffer from poor resale.

  • Rob

    Please. don’t ever decorate a bimmer like that in front of me. That hurts the eyes and my better sense of taste, not to mention – makes a bimmer lover very nauseous.

  • Rob

    I agree with Myke that the sameness of a BMW is not a bad thing.

  • Hjalle

    They need to bring back Bangle. Their designs are looking drab and boring and dont have the contraversy Bangle had, its what I liked about BMW

  • Carz

    What’s wrong with BMW nowadays, this car is not nice to look at. BMW’s style department is somewhat lacking lately, just look at this car. I hardly recognized it as Series 5 or BMW for that matter.

  • Forza M

    Wow this actually looks slightly better than the current 5, maybe these woodies are learning a lesson about how ugly cars dont sell, even when they have poser badges on them…..

  • Babken

    BMW rules, mercedes and audi lag far behind…