BMW is preparing to launch the next generation 5 series with a dazzling array of high-tech features, which may even question the need for the BMW 7 series, according to the latest rumors.
The next-generation BMW 5 series is expected to be launched in 2017. It has been caught under heavy camouflage across several regions. Since competitors like the Mercedes E class has seen a major revamp in terms of design and features, BMW is aware that the 2017 5 series has to be extremely competitive.
Even though the car won’t be available until next year, it is expected that BMW will launch a vehicle officially in September. The Paris motor show is set as the target date for the unveiling of the next generation BMW 5 series. The car is expected to feature some of the latest in driving tech, which obviously includes autonomous driving, connectivity, and more focused towards the driver once again.
BMW has been accused of going against its roots in recent models. The company has been focusing more on comfort in their higher end models, as the company seems to believe that it has been the root cause behind the recent slump in sales. Focus on aspects like rear wheel drive and 50-50 weight distribution means that BMW has been losing ground against rivals like Mercedes and Audi in terms of aspects like rear legroom.
The 2017 BMW5 series is expected to favor the driver by providing more power than ever before. The company is set to introduce quad turbo engines on the higher end 5 series models with diesel engines. BMW was one of the first companies to put three turbos in the 550d. The upcoming six cylinder 5 series could come with as much as 700 NM of torque due to the four turbos.
There is unlikely to be any such introduction on the petrol powered range of 5 series. The M5 will continue to be the range topper, but there is unlikely to be any downsizing from the V8 engines currently being used. The last generation M5 came with V10 engines which have been downsized to V8 motors in the search for more fuel-efficiency. A plug-in hybrid is also expected to be on the agenda. A 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor will be assisted by a 90 Kw electric motor and the combined effect of 245 bhp will also be highly efficient.