The more practical 5 Series maintains an athletic profile despite its load-lugging potential, with its sloping roofline and fast-back tailgate.
Full details of the new face and tail are still yet to be revealed, though we can see that the new 5 Series will draw inspiration from the new 7 Series limousine and the smaller 3 Series in terms of its headlight and taillight designs.
The new 5 Series also appears to be wider and flatter than the current car, giving it a wider stance on the road.
Underpinning the new 5 Series range will be the company’s new Carbon Core architecture, which utilises high-strength lightweight materials like carbon-fibre - which already underpins the current 7 Series.
Thanks to the new platform, the 5 Series should shed around 100 kilograms, which should not only improve handling but also fuel consumption.
Powering the new medium sedan and wagon will be a selection of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, ranging in size depending on the model and market.
It’s believed the new 5 Series will be revealed sometime later this year, with the most likely scenario being a debut at next month’s Paris motor show. If that occurs, expect a powered-up M5 to break cover in 2017.
At the end of last month BMW previewed its next-gen E-Class fighter with one of the new technologies that will debut with it, Remote 3D View, which allows owners to check the car’s surroundings via the BMW Connected smartphone app.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more BMW 5 Series updates in the coming months.
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