BMW just unveiled the revisions for the current-gen BMW 5 Series and our spy photographers already caught the next generation on its way to a testing session. According to the first details we have the next generation 5 Series will arrive on the market in 2016 with lots of improvements when compared to the current generation.
Recent reports suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of the next-generation 7 Series -derived CFRP technology. The same reports also suggest that the car’s exterior design will be inspired by the Vision Connected Drive concept, while the interior will be stuffed with the latest driver assistance systems.
Under its hood, the new 5 Series will offer an improved version of the current engine lineup, but a high-efficient three-cylinder diesel engine is also rumored to be offered.
Click past the jump to read more about the next generation BMW 5 Series.
As you can see from these spy shots, the next 5 Series is heavily camouflaged, but even so it it’s pretty obvious it will be different model the current model.
There are new front and rear doors with new handles, a new front apron with larger air intakes. The A-pillar is also redesigned, as is the rear window. There are also new headlights and new taillights.
Up to this point, we heard nothing about a possible new-generation E-Class, but this isn’t so surprising considering the model just received a minor update.
For the U.S. market, the model offers a choice of three engines: the E350 with a 302-horsepower, V-6 engine; the E500 with a 402-horsepower, V-8 engine; and the E250 BlueTEC powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine with 190 horsepower.
gallery: Mercedes E-Class
We heard some rumors about a possible new-generation Audi A6, but, as no one caught it testing just yet, so we will stick with the model we know.
The current A6 is offered with a choice of six engines all with direct fuel injection: one four-cylinder unit and five V-6 units. The base version gets a 2.0 TDI engine that delivers 177 horsepower, next there is a 3.0 TDI engine offered in three variants: 204 horsepower, 245 horsepower and the top version with 313 horsepower.
gallery: Audi A6 Avant
BMW launched the 5 Series back in 1972 and since it has seen six different generations. The first generation was offered between 1972 and 1981 and was offered only in the sedan body style with a manual transmission. The model was named 5 Series because it was the fifth model BMW built on the "New Class" platform.
The second generation arrived in 1981 and lasted until 1988. For the first time, BMW offered the 5 Series with a six-cylinder diesel engine and with an automatic gearbox. The M5 was also introduced for the first time.
The third generation was produced between 1988 and 1996 and by many specialists it is considered the most reliable BMWs ever made. New features included the addition of a new V-8 engine, an all-wheel-drive system and a new station wagon body version.
The fourth generation was produced between 1995 and 2004 and was heavily inspired by the 7 Series model. It grew in sizes by about 2.7 inches and was listed by many magazines as one of the best 10 models in the world.
In 2003 BMW announced the fifth-generation 5 Series , which remained in production until 2010. The model was the best sold 5 Series ever, despite its non-traditional styling offered by BMW designer Davide Arcangeli.
The current generation hit the market in 2010. The model is built on a 7 Series platform and offers numerous new features, like a front dual ball joint short-long arm suspension and a rear multilink suspension. For the first time the model is offered in a hybrid configurations and in a Gran Turismo body version.