The sixth generation BMW 5 Series (F10/F11) has got just about a year before its retirement. The seventh generation 2017 BMW 5 Series saloon (codenamed BMW G30) is arriving next year, with a public debut scheduled to happen at 2016 Paris Motor Show in October, as per a report from Autocar.
The current generation saw a switch from a sporty avatar to a more graceful one, and this will be reverted in the seventh generation. The British publication’s speculative rendering previews how so.
The next-gen model will be offered with more variants than the current model. A plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be on offer, like the BMW 3 Series and BMW 7 Series. Citing BMW insiders, the report says that the plug-in hybrid powertrain will have a pure electric range of more than 20 miles (32 km).
The OKL (Oberklasse – German for ‘upper class’) platform-based 2017 BMW 5 Series will be around 100 kg lighter than the model it replaces. It will see usage of lightweight and strong materials including carbon-fibre, aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel. On the inside, the next-gen model will feature a new digital instrument cluster and the fifth generation iDrive infotainment system currently offered in the 7 Series.
According to the report, the engine options will include differently tuned versions of the latest B47 diesel and B48 petrol 2.0-litre four-cylinder units for the base models. The B57 diesel and B58 petrol 3.0-litre six-cylinder units will top them. The most powerful engines to be offered are said to be a 444 bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol and a new 3.0-litre (B57) quad-turbo V6 diesel. The engines will be mated to either a 6-speed manual and a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
The next-gen BMW 5 Series Touring (G31) and BMW 5 Series GT (G32), as per the publication’s sources, should appear at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (2017 IAA).