Even though there are still two days to go before the official launch of the 2017 BMW 5-series, several leaked pictures clearly show that the vehicle will be similar to the current generation 7-series at least in terms of interior design.
BMW are set to refresh the 5-series, which has been one of their bestselling models of all time, with a new version complete with a range of driving technologies just like on the 7-series. The vehicle needs to be successful for BMW at all costs, as the company has been facing the issue of falling sales for quite a while.
Rivals like Mercedes-Benz and Audi have been able to catch up with BMW, who have been the world leaders when it comes to luxury vehicle sales. Internally codenamed as the G30, the 2017 BMW 5-series is set to mimic the much more expensive 7-series in a number of ways. Just like the carbon core used on the 7-series to reduce its weight, the 2017 BMW 5-series will also be focusing on lightweight capabilities. Even though BMW will come out with the official figures, it is heavily rumored that the weight reduction will be in the region of 220 pounds.
This weight loss is expected to help the car achieve even better 0 to 60 mph times and, obviously, better fuel economy. The leaked pictures of the 2017 BMW 5-series interior show that the vehicle will have a lot in common with the 7-series. The use of brushed aluminumon the steering wheel in the center console are similar to that on the higher end model. The gear lever also marks the slight change with the introduction of the all-black design. A big change would be the use of a small touch screen panel for the air-conditioner controls.
A teaser video of the 2017 BMW 5-series has already shown that the vehicle will have a touch screen infotainment system, and quite possibly the gesture support from the 7-series. BMW are set to introduce a range of driving technologies, which will enable the 2017 BMW 5-series to be driven without any driver input under certain conditions. It may not be capable of matching the auto pilot systems found on the Tesla vehicles, but the 2017 BMW 5-series may just be capable of taking the stress away from driving in traffic conditions.
The Paris motor show will undoubtedly be overwhelmed once the 2017 BMW 5-series becomes official on October 13.