Now that the redesigned BMW 7 Series and the updated 3 Series have arrived, the midsize 5 Series is next up for a comprehensive round of updates. Our colleagues at Motor Trend caught a prototype of the next-generation luxury sedan testing in California, and the new Bimmer looks to feature evolutionary styling, despite bigger chances expected beneath the skin.
There’s nothing too radical in the shape of the new 2017 BMW 5 Series, as the new bodywork suggests a slightly sleeker, smoother version of the current, F10-generation 5er sedan. The kidney grilles are flanked by smaller and lower headlights, while the profile of the car features less aggressive side surfacing for a cleaner look. It doesn’t appear that the car’s size has changed much, either, though we can’t tell too many details because of the prototype’s heavy camouflage.
Beyond the familiar look, the 2017 BMW 5 Series will feature some bigger mechanical changes. Expect a greater use of aluminum and carbon fiber, like in the new 7 Series, to help the car lose weight. Along with updated turbo four-cylinder (estimated at 250 hp), turbo six-cylinder (estimated at 350 hp) and turbo V-8 (estimated at 475 hp) engine options, the new car should offer improved performance to better compete with rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and Cadillac CTS. A performance-oriented M5 variant is surely in the cards, and we recently spied a prototype that suggested it will be the first M car (beside the X5 M and X6 M SUVs) to feature all-wheel drive.
Look for the 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan to debut sometime next year, with the 6 Series coupe and convertible and the M5 to follow, and check out the photo gallery of spy shots in the meantime.