2017 BMW 5 Series and 2016 Mercedes E Class – Renderings
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Both cars expected to reach markets next year.
BMW has been testing the next generation 5 Series (codenamed G30), and Mercedes has been doing so with the next generation E Class (codenamed W213) priming them for a launch in the next two years. AutoBild’s recent rendering of the two vehicles, serves as a preview.
Both vehicles look sharper than current versions, with Mercedes adopting a look that has hints of the S Class in it; and BMW opting for sleeker lights and a front end inspired by the upcoming 7 series.
Talking about the BMW, it will be based on ’35up’ platform, which will help the car lose close to 80 kg. The new Mercedes E-Class will be based on the MRA (Mercedes Rear-wheel drive Architecture), and is also expected to be lighter.
As for powerplants, adding to the current range of engines would be entry-spec 3-cylinder motor, while the range-topping M5 could get an engine as powerful as 600 hp, according to a previous report. While Mercedes will also offer the E63 AMG with the new 4-litre twin-turbo V8, the big news is the inclusion of the inline-six diesel engines replacing the current V6 units. Both cars will also get plug-in hybrid variants.
The report mentions that both cars will come in 2016: Mercedes E Class in early 2016 and BMW 5 Series in mid 2016, as previously stated. Their Indian arrival will be 6-8 months after international deliveries are on.
In terms of competition, the 2017 Audi A6 is being readied. To feature an Audi Prologue concept-like design, it will be based on the MLB Evo platform, and much like its compatriots here, will be lighter and more fuel efficient.
BMW 5 Series (G30)
Competitors: Mercedes E Class, Jaguar XF, Audi A6
Expected launch: Mid-2016 (Europe)
Mercedes E Class (W213)
Competitors: BMW 5 series, Jaguar XF, Audi A6
Expected launch: Early 2016 (Europe)
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[Source – Auto Bild]