Earlier this year, our spy photographers managed to catch the next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring while it was being towed to a test facility in Europe. Today, the next 5 Series was caught once again, but this time we caught both the sedan and station wagon variants.
As you can see, the 5 Series that we caught testing is covered in tons of camouflage, which shows us that BMW is planning a pretty significant overhaul. Unfortunately, it looks like the 5er is still in its early production stages so what you see may not carry over into the production model.
Rumors suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of next-generation 7 Series -derived CFRP technology. We also believe that the model will feature an exterior design inspired by the Vision Connected Drive concept and an interior stuffed with tons of safety gizmos.
Under its hood, BMW will place an update range of engines, starting with a new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and capping off with a V-8 in the M5 — if BMW decides not to replace the V-8 with the new six-cylinder engine from the 2014 M3 .
The next-generation BMW 5 Series is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2016, making it a 2017 model year here in the U.S.
Updated 03/27/2014: British magazine AutoExpress revealed a series of new info on the next-generation BMW 5 Series set to be revealed in 2016. According to the magazine, the next 5 Series will feature a range of modular engines that use 0.5-liter cylinders, similar to the three-cylinder engine found in the new Mini lineup. BMW i s still weighing whether customers would actually buy a three-cylinder 5er, but at least the architecture and cost spreading is in place. Additionally, this will be the cleanest engine lineup in the class, set to deliver under 100g/km.
The new spy shots reveal nearly nothing about the next 5 Series, and how could they with all that camouflage, right? However, previous rumors indicate that the new luxury sedan will carry a new design language inspired by the Vision Connected Drive concept.
If this rumor is true, the 2017 5 Series will get new front and rear fascias, new headlights and taillights, and hopefully some new body lines that help distinguish it from the rest of the BMW lineup.
According to reports, the 5 Series is set to use a line of modular engines based on the inline three-cylinder — 0.5-liters per cylinder — in the 2014 Mini Cooper. This means that there is a possibility of a three-pot 5 Series — likely a hybrid model — and that the six-cylinder model should displace — gasp — 3.0-liters. Given the modular build-up continues into the V-8 engine, expect that to be a 4.0-liter eight-pot. The only one that will stray from this formula will be the M5, which will use a revised version of the existing 4.4-liter V-8.
In the luxury sedan market, choosing the car for you is jut a matter of taste and preferences, as all the models offer basically the same level of luxury and equipment.
The Mercedes E350 comes with a 302-horsepower, V-6 engine and its big brother, the E500, features a 402-horsepower, V-8 engine. On the diesel front, the E250 BlueTEC, is powered by a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 195 horsepower.
The E-Class is priced from $51,400.
Gallery Mercedes E-Class
The Audi A6 could be the perfect choice for those customers interested in an a more elegant model. It is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter engine rated at 220 horsepower, and a supercharged V-6 making 325 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
The A6 is priced from $42,200.
5 Series History
Unveiled in 1972, the 5 Series was BMW’s fifth model built on the "New Class" platform — its sequence in using this platform is where the name comes from. The first generation was produced from 1972 to 1981 and was offered only in a sedan body style with a manual transmission.
The second generation sat in showrooms between 1981 and 1988, and it added a six-cylinder engine, an automatic gearbox and the M5 version.
The 5 Series needed a few years of development to become "the most reliable BMW ever made" and the third generation is considered by many enthusiasts exactly such a car. For the first time ever, the 5er had an available V-8 engine, an all-wheel-drive system and a new station wagon body version.The third generation ran between 1988 and 1995.
For the fourth generation BMW took inspiration from the 7 Series. The fourth-generation (E39) 5 Series was produced between 1995 and 2004 and when compared to the previous generation, it was 2.7 inches larger.
The fifth-generation 5 Series was produced between 2003 and 2010, and it was the best-selling 5 Series ever.
The sixth-generation 5 Series went on sale in 2010 and received a first facelift in 2013. The model is built on the 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 ever, the 5er has an available hybrid configurations and a Gran Turismo body version.