According to a report by AutocarUK , BMW has commenced testing of the seventh-generation BMW 5-Series.
The new 5’er from the Bavarian auto giant has been comprehensively redesigned for its 44th year of production, and will ride on a new platform. The 5’er will be available with a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid motors.
The spy shots provide very subtle hints about the design of the car, but BMW bosses state that the car will draw inspiration from the Gran Lusso Coupe concept. Reports suggest that the car will boast of a Cd of 0.24, which is 0.01 improvement from the current model. Also, the car will be available in Touring and GT body styles, with an extended wheelbase will be available in the Chinese market.
The car will ride on a new sophisticated platform, internally christened as OKL (Oberklasse). This platform will be used on the future 5,6 and 7 series models.The new platform uses a combination of aluminium, hot-formed high-strength steel and composite carbon-fibre parts.
The new 5-Series will feature four and six-cylinder engines under the hood. A new tri-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel will produce close to 400bhp. BMW will provide 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 powerplants. Also, the models will be available in the X variants in some markets, which implies All wheel drive in BMW terms.
This new gen 5’er will be available for sale in UK by late 2016.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the upcoming 5-Series.
Spy shots Courtesy: MotorAuthority