Ahead of its expected launch in 2016, the next-generation BMW 5-Series has been spied testing under heavy camouflage.
Because of the heavy cladding which adorns this BMW 5-Series test mule, it is hard to comment about its new styling. For next-generation models however, BMW typically adopts thoroughly revised headlights and taillights as well as numerous other visual tweaks to the front and rear fascias. As a result, we expect similar changes to be adopted for the new 5-Series.
One of the interesting aspects of this prototype is that it appears to feature a small door on the left front fender believed to be covering a charging port for a fuel efficient plug-in hybrid derivative.
One key focus for BMW will be reducing the weight of the 5-Series. First off, the next 5-Series is pinned to share a new lightweight platform with the 3-Series and 7-Series. Further weight reductions will be achieved through aluminium, carbon fibre reinforced plastic and higher strength steels. All up, a hefty weight reduction of around 100 kg is expected.
As for power, the 2016 BMW 5-Series will receive a host of different engines and for the moment, a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel is expected to power the 520d. What’s more, BMW could even create a 1.5-liter three-cylinder variant if customers demand it. 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.