The digital artists at Autobild have rendered this upcoming seventh gen 5’er from the Bavarian car maker.
The 2017 BMW 5-Series will be built on a new platform, internally christened as OKL (Oberklasse), which will be shared with the next generation 6-Series and 7-Series. BMW aims to shave off at least 100kg on average over the current car and its engineers are implementing lightweight materials, such aluminum and carbon fiber in the chassis and body panels.
BMW bosses say that the car, which has been comprehensively redesigned for its 44th year of production, will draw inspiration from the Gran Lusso Coupe concept. Initial reports suggest that the car will boast of a Cd of 0.24, which is 0.01 improvement over the current model. Also, the car will be available in Touring and GT body styles and also with an extended wheelbase, which will be available in the Chinese market.
Under the hood, BMW plan to use the new family of three cylinder engines which will output 150 HP in the entry-level diesel whose fuel consumption is rated at 3.0 liters per 100 km, or 60 MPG. Also on offer will be the new four and six-cylinder engines. A new tri-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel will produce close to 400bhp. BMW will sell the new 5-series with a Getrag-produced six-speed manual gearbox in combination with lower-end engines and a new ZF nine-speed automatic transmission with the high-output power plants. Also, the models will be available in the X variants in some markets, which means All wheel drive in BMW terms.
The new gen 2017 5′er will go on sale in late 2016. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the upcoming 5-Series.