BMW’s next-generation 5 Series sedan has been spied testing this week, ahead of what is likely to be a late 2015 or early 2016 debut.
These spy photos, the first of the coming new 5 Series, join shots obtained last month of the carmaker’s flagship limousine, the big 7 Series.
Both models, it is now clear, will take their front-end styling cues from BMW’s latest models, particularly the X5, X4 and facelifted X3.
Underpinning BMW’s new large sedan will be the same next-gen ‘35up’ platform that will ride beneath the new 7 Series.
The new platform will build on techniques developed with the ultra-green BMW i3 and i8 models, utilising liberal amounts of aluminium and carbon-fibre to keep weight down and meet tightening emissions requlations.
Reports suggest that this could see kerb weights fall by around 100kg across the range, which, in the entry model, could mean a weight in the low 1500s.
We can expect four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines to again feature, with all benefiting again from direct injection and turbo-charging. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models will also be likely.
We should also see a new M5 model appear in the year following the new range’s initial debut, so expect to see that one in 2017.
Stay tuned for more details as they surface.