BMW at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

New details about the next-generation BMW 5-Series, set to arrive in 2016 have emerged and if proven correct, the new luxury sedan will be a revolutionary leap over the current model.

First and foremost, German publication Autobild believes that the BMW 5-Series will adopt semi-autonomous driving technology. This is quite important because the range-topping BMW 7-Series doesn’t yet feature such tech, and it would give BMW a leg-up over its main rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Elsewhere, it is speculated that the interior of the 2016 BMW 5-Series will be thoroughly improved over the existing car with it to set “new standards in terms of surface quality and material appearance”.

On an engine front, a small 2.0-litre four-cylinder joined with an electric motor will likely act as the entry-level hybrid version. It will be joined by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol delivering 349 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. A diesel of the same capacity will also be offered with it producing 341 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque.

A brand new quad-turbocharged engine with 402 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque could be on the cards. Finally, the range-topping BMW M5 is likely to retain its existing twin-turbo V8 but is pinned to be upgraded to deliver about 617 hp. It may also be available with all-wheel drive for the first time.

[Via Autobild]

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