The future generation of the BMW 5-Series is coming back into our attention with the help of a new rendering.
Our friends from Top Speed have put together a new rendering of the next BMW 5-Series generation. The image posted above has been based on spy shots and it is offering us a preview of the future model, which is promising an evolutionary design, with a slightly updated front fascia and what seems to be a shorter rear overhang. The 2017 model year version will be riding on the 35up platform which is also used on the next 7-Series generation. This basically means that the car will lose up to 100 kg from its total weight.
Going on a diet is believed to help the model receive the 3-cylinder 1.5 liter turbocharged engine, which will most likely be offered on the entry-level version. Besides the new small unit, the vehicle will come with a plug-in hybrid version, which is said to use the same hardware as the X5 xDrive40e and if the hybrid system will remain unchanged, it means that we will see 313 HP and 450 Nm of torque. The top of the line model, the M5, should be coming with the 4.4 liter V8 twin turbo engine, which will be upgraded to approximately 626 HP (460 kW). This might also get the xDrive all-wheel drive system as an option. The new generation of the BMW 5-Series will be offered for sale in June 2016, in a sedan body style, and it will be followed by the Touring in November and the GT one year later.
Source: Top Speed