With its sixth generation (F10/F11), the BMW 5 Series switched from its sports saloon avatar to a more elegant design. In the next generation though, the 5 Series will reclaim its sport saloon title and a speculative rendering from OmniAuto.it shows how so. However, while the front fascia and side profile in the rendering look realistic, the Ford Mustang-like swept-back rear-end doesn’t. The rear-end, we predict, will be similar to the all-new 7 Series.
It’s no secret that the 2017 BMW 5 Series (codename – BMW G30) will have its design and styling heavily inspired by the sixth generation (F11/F12) 7 Series that was unveiled in June and will have its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) this month. The 5 Series, being smaller in proportions, will claim the maximum sportiness from the new design & styling.
The structure of the next generation BMW 5 Series will see extensive usage of Carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), resulting in a significant reduction of weight, possibly up to 100 kg. The engine line-up will include the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo 4- and 6-cylinder petrol engines and BMW TwinPower Turbo 4- and 6-cylinder diesel engines. Additionally, the all-new model could come with a more efficient three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, borrowing the 1.5-liter units from the 2 Series range. There would be a plug-in hybrid variant as well, most likely featuring a combination of BMW TwinPower 4-cylinder petrol and eDrive electric motor.
The seventh generation BMW 5 Series is likely to arrive in H2 2016 and go on sale in first markets in early 2017.
[Image Source: OmniAuto.it]