Speculative renderings of the next-generation BMW 5 Series sedan and Touring have surfaced online, offering a glimpse at what the luxury mid-sizer may look like when it makes its debut.

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Once again, Dutch artist Remco Meulendijk has created a set of renderings for both the 5 Series sedan and the 5 Series Touring wagon - likely based on the several prototypes that have been spied testing over the past year.

Set to take on the likes of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Jaguar XF and the Lexus GS, The new-generation 5 Series models depicted here clearly draw inspiration from the 7 Series limousine, X5 SUV and the facelifted 3 Series sedan and wagon.

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Earlier spy photos confirm that, in comparison to the current car, the next 5 Series will adopt a lower and wider stance - similar to that of the 3 Series and 7 Series - along with significantly redesigned front and rear ends.

Meulendijk’s rendering for the sedan looks much like a ‘mini-me’ 7 Series, although the 5 is hardly a small vehicle. BMW could likely follow Mercedes-Benz in giving their sedan range a ‘babushka doll’ look.

The 5 Series Touring wagon rendering retains much of the sedan’s design, with the obvious exception of the longer roof and hatchback tailgate.

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It’s worth noting that both the sedan and wagon variants pictured appear to be M Sport models, wearing larger alloy wheels and more aggressive front and rear bumpers.

Under the skin, the next-generation 5 Series will use a version of BMW’s Carbon Core modular architecture, which utilises a combination of lightweight materials including high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon-fibre - which should see the new 5 Series shed around 100 kilograms from the current car.

Reports speculate that the next-generation BMW 5 Series will be offered with a range of engines, including a new three-cylinder option alongside the current four-, six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel line-up.

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Expect the new 5 Series to be revealed later this year, possibly at the Paris motor show in October. A new 5 Series GT hatchback will eventually join the range later on.

Should the new model debut in October, it’s likely first Australian deliveries of the next-gen 5 Series will commence early 2017.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates on the new BMW 5 Series as they come to hand.