Chinese media reveals first images of new BMW 5 Series; next-gen executive saloon will gain a new plug-in hybrid model

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has been pictured for the first time in images leaked in the Chinese media.

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has now been revealed. Click here to read more.

The pictures show the front, rear and interior of the car, highlighting the design changes for the all-new model.

Insiders have long insisted that the new 5 Series would be an evolutionary design given the ongoing global sales success of the previous generation model, but the pictures clearly reveal the car's new look, most notably on the front end and interior. It appears BMW's designers have also opted to give the car a subtley different look from the BMW 3 Series and BMW 7 Series in order to give it its own identity and ensure instant recognition of each individual model.

It is believed the pictures are official, as details match those shown in a video preview  made by BMW, which was posted on Facebook yesterday showing the upcoming model's body shape and interior.

Images from the video are shown the gallery above, and reveal the car's exterior styling and some interior features. A centrally-mounted touchscreen is the main new feature to be shown, and it reveals that the next-gen car will have a 'pinch to zoom' satallite navigation, just like the new 7 Series.

In the new videos the 5 Series's LED lighting has been blurred out. However, an earlier video, shown below, BMW did offer a glimpse of the car's tail-light design.

The lights have a similar design to those of the latest 3 Series, although they’re housed within a body that looks slightly more muscular than that of its smaller sibling.

Earlier spy shots of the 2017 5 Series have shown what the model will look like in saloon and estate guises. The exterior of both bodystyles, while undoubtedly evolutionary, give the 5 Series a more aggressive demeanour.

We know from our recent drive in a 2017 5 Series prototype in 530d xDrive form (pictured below) that the model is slightly larger than the outgoing car. The increases in length, width and height are small and aimed at increasing rear seat accommodation.

The new car will share its body structure with the 7 Series. The structure is known internally as CLAR - 'cluster architecture' - and uses more aluminium for its floorpan and bulkheads than the skeleton of the outgoing F10 5 Series. There’s also more use of aluminium for castings, helping to trim weight by as much as 100kg, despite the growth in size.

Powering the new model will be a familiar choice of turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines, with a new plug-in petrol-electric powertrain joining the ranks.

Lower-powered cars will use BMW’s latest B47 diesel and B48 petrol four-cylinder units - all in 2.0-litre form, like today’s F10 model.

BMW’s new B57 diesel and B58 petrol six-cylinder engines will offer more power. These units use a standardised 500cc individual cylinder capacity for an overall volume of 3.0 litres. One of the diesels will gain an additional electrically-driven turbo to improve low-down grunt, upping peak output towards 390bhp.

The most potent non-M model will have a newly upgraded 444bhp 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine, first seen in the 750i.

The new 5 Series will also inherit hybrid technology from the 330e, 740e and X5 xDrive40e. The hybrid system is made up of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor mounted in the gearbox and a lithium ion battery located in the boot floor. The system can run in full-electric model for more than 20 miles.

The M5 model will use an updated version of the current car’s 4.4-litre V8 with a likely power output of more than 560bhp.

The new 5 Series will go on sale next year. Its rivals will continue to be the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF.

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8 September 2016
These latest 5 series are a bit too large and have too much of the luxo-barge about them especially as BMW think that you should have to pay extra for adaptive dampers etc, I never met anyone who wanted an F10 M5...not like in "the olden days". Why are BMW struggling with legroom in a car of this size, why do BMW insist on basing the latest 5 series on the 7 series. Whatever the outcome I hope they abandon that silly flat bonnet "styling".

12 October 2016
The Bangle E60 5 series ruined BMW design - not because of the actual design of that car (which I personally really liked), but rather the reaction of the press at the time which seems to have resulted in each subsequent BMW 5 series generation being bland and completely forgettable...zzz....

(Off to look in the classifieds for E60's)

11 October 2016
It has just been leaked on bimmerpost.com

12 October 2016
Does it really need all that crap stuck on the sides?

12 October 2016
Well, the looks of this car comes as a surprise, not! Seeing how closed the current 7 Series looked to its predecessor, it was obvious BMW were going to do the same here. Just another typical dull and boring looking German saloon that doesn't look special, prestigious or desirable. The stunning looking, and dominant, Jaguar XF had nothing to worry about the looks front with the current 5 Series, it certainly has nothing to worry about with the new model. And if BMW hasn't ramped up its efforts on the chassis and engine front, the Jaguar will still continue to be miles ahead. Also, knowing now how this new 5 Series will look, I think we get idea what the next 3 Series will look like; basically the same as today's model!

12 October 2016
Roadster wrote:

...And if BMW hasn't ramped up its efforts on the chassis and engine front, the Jaguar will still continue to be miles ahead. .

It does need to worry going by European sales, which despite the Jag XF being updated for 2015/16, sales have dived by over a quarter in the first part of 2016. The outgoing 5 series outsells it by 5 to 1, as does the E-class, V70 and A6 all (but the V70) by an even bigger margin.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

12 October 2016
Roadster wrote:

Well, the looks of this car comes as a surprise, not! Seeing how closed the current 7 Series looked to its predecessor, it was obvious BMW were going to do the same here. Just another typical dull and boring looking German saloon that doesn't look special, prestigious or desirable. The stunning looking, and dominant, Jaguar XF had nothing to worry about the looks front with the current 5 Series, it certainly has nothing to worry about with the new model. And if BMW hasn't ramped up its efforts on the chassis and engine front, the Jaguar will still continue to be miles ahead. Also, knowing now how this new 5 Series will look, I think we get idea what the next 3 Series will look like; basically the same as today's model!

Some of the dribble you write is unreal....

Have you actually looked round Jag and BMW products? The build quality difference is far and away in the BMW's favour, as are the engines (Jag lumps are like BMW units from 15 years ago), and then the reliability being crap in anything JLR. Jags have this try so hard not to be OAP appearance. Like a granny with plastic tits.

Most over rated things on the road, as are Land Rover products. I bet you drive an MG !!

12 October 2016
They appear to be trying to copy Jaguar on this and to be honest, I prefer the look of the current 5 series and do not think that the new backside looks as good as the current model nor the front end.The current 5 Tourer is the best they have ever produced in design terms.Will have the XF awd when the Sportback high on my list when it is launched.

12 October 2016
Never liked the current 5, which always looked a bit flabby and too much like a shrunken 7. The 5 series used to be the defining sports sedan. This is hardly a radical departure but it looks sharper, with crisper and more thoughtful detailing. Hopefully it will be a sharper drive too, although despite needed weight saving it will still be too heavy.

12 October 2016
Though if you were to show me the 2 photos, I wouldn't be able to immediately say which was the newer design, as both look fairly modern in a slightly generic BMW way

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