According to the latest report on the BMW plans, the largest luxury automaker in the world has decided to give the American public the first view of the 2017 5 Series, with the Europeans seeing the new X2 coupe-SUV during the Paris Motor Show.
The earlier rumors indicated the situation to be reversed, but it seems we’ll just have to wait and see who gets who. For now, it appears the new X2 coupe sport utility vehicle will premiere this October during the Paris Motor Show and the all-new generation of the 5 Series executive sedan will be seen next January in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. The fans shouldn’t be worried too much though as the saloon seems to be gearing up for an online preview sometimes before the end of the year. Additionally, the first press drives have been scheduled for early 2017, it appears. The Bavarians aren’t letting European fans down either, because they will stage the world premiere of the newly introduced X2 during the French motor show.
Treated to the latest retouches, the 5 Series is eagerly awaited but the fans need to curb their enthusiasm because everyone expects the new salon to go for the evolutionary trim – meaning it’s a smaller 7 Series. It has been conceived on the new CLAR architecture, coming with larger dimensions than the predecessor and boasting a weight reduction of up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms) thanks to the use of carbon fiber here and there. New engine options are expected to appear as the 530e and 540e plug-in hybrids – the hardware comes from the 330e but gets a serious upgrade for the 5 Series.
Via BMW Blog