The very first next-generation BMW 5-Series Touring spy shots have surfaced online as testing of the car kicks off. The next 5-Series has been spied testing in sedan guise on multiple occasions and the emergence of these shots suggest that focus is now being turned towards the estate body style.
As with the sedan, the next-gen BMW 5-Series will receive overhauled front and rear fascias. Consequently, it will include redesigned headlights, a slightly tweaked kidney front grille as well as a modified front bumper. Elsewhere, the new 5-Series range will inevitably be offered with a multitude of new wheel options to help set it apart from the outgoing car.
At the rear, redesigned taillights will be featured alongside a new bumper and lower skirt. The exhaust setup is also likely to be altered for the 2017 5-Series range both in sedan and estate guises.
Underpinning the new BMW 5-Series range will be the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) set to also be used by the next-gen 3-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series models. The Cluster Architecture will combine aluminium, high-strength steel as well as carbon fibre. Dramatic weight savings are expected across the range with reports indicating that the range-topping M5 will shed as much as 180 kg over the current car.