With a reported reveal tipped for the second part of next year – first online and then in the metal during the Paris Motor Show, the all new BMW 5 Series is expected to fend off against the equally new Mercedes-Benz E Class.
In order to keep up with the competition, namely the Merc which promises technologies that not even the mighty S Class doesn’t possess (yet), the new 5 Series will try to introduce new technologies and also deliver plug-in hybrid versions. According to the latest report the seventh-generation is undergoing the final stage of engineering development and reliability testing, set to land in UK dealer lots during the first part of 2017. Fending off with the Mercedes-Benz E Class, Jaguar XF and Audi A6, the 5 Series will expand the current best-selling model’s powertrain range to include a new plug-in petrol-electric hybrid with an all-electric range of at least 20 miles, according to insiders.
The new 5 Series will also be equipped with the modern 48-volt electrical architecture and thus come packing some of the most advanced autonomous driving features to date – including hands-free driving under certain conditions, a state of the art anti-collision system and fully autonomous braking, among other amenities. The fifth-generation iDrive system from the 7 Series is also a go, as are the current versions: sedan (codename G30), station wagon (Touring – G31) and fastback (GT – G32). The current set date for the executive saloon is for an official public introduction at the Paris auto show in the fall of next year, followed by expected dates for the Touring and GT at the Geneva and Frankfurt events in 2017.