The sixth-generation 5-series, codenamed F10, it will be bigger yet lighter, and it should be even better to drive. Most significantly, the design should be far less provocative than the current model’s.

The 2009 5-Series will have active rear suspension kinematics capable of coping with higher g-forces, stability-enhancing active yaw control and the next-generation electronic damper control (EDC) which acts on each wheel individually. Active steering and Dynamic Drive (adjustable anti-roll bars) are familiar options.

The 5-Series will be powered with engines starting from 218bhp 2.5-litre for the 520i up to 408bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 for the 550i. The diesel engines should get urea injection – as Mercedes is pioneering – to cut nitrogen oxide emissions. A stop/start system and upshift indicator for six-speed manual versions will help reduce fuel consumption, and the engines should be biofuel- and synfuel-compatible. Brake energy-regeneration, in combination with adaptive alternator control, should also save up to 10 percent more fuel too.

Source: Car Magazine

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