The very first prototypes of the seventh-generation BMW 5-series have hit the road in Germany ahead of a planned arrival in UK showrooms by early 2016.
Clothed in the same body as today’s model, the new 5-series prototype caught here doesn’t provide many clues to the appearance of the new model, which has been styled under the guise of BMW design boss Karim Habib.
However, an evolutionary approach looks set to keep it close to its predecessor in size. The new 5-series will be about 4910mm long, 1875mm wide and 1470mm tall. As with today’s 5-series, the new model will be sold in three body styles: saloon, Touring and Gran Turismo liftback.
The new BMW has been conceived around a lightly modified version of the high-strength steel monocoque platform structure used by the existing 5-series.
But in a programme that will affect all future BMW models, engineers are planning measures that will enable the new car to shed up to 100kg. Insiders say that the move will allow the entry-level 520i to weigh less than 1500kg.