Spied – 2017 BMW 5 Series (G30) caught on video
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Expected to be lighter and sportier in appearance.
The replacement to the current BMW 5 Series (F10) is currently being tested, and has been captured on video by a BMW Blog reader. Codenamed ‘BMW G30’, the sixth generation 5 Series will go on sale in under two years.
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It will be underpinned by an all-new ’30up’ platform which will make the G30 about 100 kg lighter than the current F10 5 Series. As for the test mule, given the rounded shape of the vehicle spotted on the German Autobahn, it’s likely that the camouflage contains another layer of panels underneath to hide the real design of the car.
A previous report suggests that BMW could use a new turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine in the entry level G30 5 Series, to make the most of the new and lighter platform. It was also noted that the front axles of the lower variants could be shared with the 3 Series, while the heavier engined (relatively) inline-six and V8-powered versions could get their front axles from the new 7 Series.
The range-topping 2017 BMW M5 could see a massive weight reduction as well, and if all goes as planned, BMW might even add an all-wheel drive variant to the super saloon.
Expect the new 5 Series to launch in Europe in mid-2016 and show up in India later that year or in early 2017.