The most revealing spy photos so far
27 October 2009

These are the clearest pictures yet of the next BMW 5 Series, which will go on sale early next year.

The pictures reveal a BMW 5 Series with styling that is far more subdued shape than the current car's, with the nose almost identical to the 5 Series GT.

Hi-res BMW 5-series spy pictures

The car’s sober shape takes cues from the current 3 Series and features the trademark kinked C-pillar and a larger kidney grille.

The new 5 Series is based on the same platform as the 5 Series GT, itself a shortened version of the 7 Series platform.

This has allowed BMW to apply many of the lessons it has learned honing the 5 Series GT's ride and handling package to the new 5 Series, and company insiders report that it has made significant gains in these areas.

There will be new codenames for the the 2010 5-series: F10 for the saloon, F11 for Touring and F07 for the Gran Turismo.

The car will be slightly larger than the outgoing model but thanks to weight-saving measures it should be no heavier. However, BMW has abondoned its use of lightweight aluminium on key parts of the car, opting instead for an all-steel arrangement.

Although this is officially because of the problems presented by working in aluminium and steel, cost-savings are also thought to have been a factor.

However, clever aerodynamic features are expected to help lower the car's drag, helping to reduce fuel consumption and emissions nevertheless.

 

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27 October 2009

Been waiting a long time to see the new 5 . It looks good to me . I wonder if it will be better than an XF when it arrives. No doubt a comparison test will be in the offing when it finally arrives.

27 October 2009

OOps almost forgot hope they bin the run flats as that will make it a better car for starters.

27 October 2009

[quote Old Toad]OOps almost forgot hope they bin the run flats as that will make it a better car for starters.[/quote]

Well, we can hope. There's a lot of people - including me - keeping away from BMWs because of the dreaded RFTs. What we need on Britain's roads (or should I say tracks) is a 5 series giving a comfortable ride on 17" wheels and of course a spare in the boot. Just as the old E39 series does to this day!

27 October 2009

It looks like the five series before last with a big grille tacked on. That's the end of interest looking BMWs for a couple of decades then.

27 October 2009

It seems BMW have pased the baton of "challenging looks for German mid-size exec. saloons" over to Mercedes Benz...

27 October 2009

Looks like the previous gen 5 series, (E39, 1995-2003). From the spy pics its pretty evident that BMW have played safe and boring but dont think anyone would dislike the looks.

The present gen. 5 series (E60) has been one of Bangle's best designs.

27 October 2009

[quote 38carssofar]It seems BMW have pased the baton of "challenging looks for German mid-size exec. saloons" over to Mercedes Benz...[/quote]

I think Merc has done a better job then BMW when it comes to challenging looks, we got a new C220 CDI Sport last week and likes a lot better then the plain and boring 3 series. The front end takes some getting usto but it stands out much more then a bmw 3.

Most of the Merc range is pretty good looking now, CL, S class E class, SL, SLK, E class coupe, SLS, AMG models all pretty good looking.

The only ugly ducks in the range are the A Class ( why merc why do you still make this !!! )

The B class ( again why mERC!!)

27 October 2009

[quote shortbread]

Looks like the previous gen 5 series, (E39, 1995-2003). From the spy pics its pretty evident that BMW have played safe and boring but dont think anyone would dislike the looks.

The present gen. 5 series (E60) has been one of Bangle's best designs.

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The current 5 series is still pretty modern looking and does not look dated after nearly 7 years, in M sport guise with the 19" alloys in black looks pretty cool. Shame about the poverty spec models which look rubbish

The new one is less offensive but it will never turn heads like the 03 model

27 October 2009

Owning a current generation 5, which i thinks looks awesome, drives well, has a super-stylish interior.... i think they gone a step back in that respect.

they said evolutionary, but they done a scaled up 3-series.... so they will encounter the same problems they did in the 90's... maybe they'll call bangle back again for the generation after this....

27 October 2009

I know looks are entirely subjective, but i never got to warm to the looks of the current 5-Series. To me some of the styling touches made the car look awkward, particularly the heavy rear side, which only appeared to worsen over time.

I'm sure the new model will look more boring, but may be a bit easier on the eye.

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