2016 BMW 5 Series Touring spotted in the wild

21/05/2016 - 10:52 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Expected to weight 110 kg lighter than the current 5 Series.

The 2016 BMW 5 Series Touring (next-generation BMW 5 Series Estate) was spied testing somewhere in France ahead of its market launch next year. The next generation BMW 5 Series is expected to debut at this year's Paris Motor Show in the sedan bodystyle, post which iterations such as this estate, a Gran Turismo and the performance M5 will be revealed through 2017.

2017 BMW 5 Series Estate spied
The new 5 Series will be the second BMW model to be based on the '35up' platform.

The major news on the 2016 5 Series is its '35up' platform, derived from the all-new 7 Series. The carbon fiber infused platform is expected to put the new 5 Series on a 110 kg diet, which should show immediate results when the 5 Series is tested for efficiency and emissions.

Design-wise, the 2016 5 Series will be an evolution of the current generation model, but design inferences from the new 7 Series, such as the larger kidney grille and the more pronounced OLED taillights, are expected to be seen. As standard, the new 5 Series will get LED headlights with an option to upgrade to Laser lighting technology.

BMW 740Le iPerformance front at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show Live
Laser lighting technology borrowed from the new 7 Series will be seen on the 2016 5 Series.

Aside from the regular range of four- and six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines, the new 5 Series range will encompass two plug-in hybrid models reportedly badged 530e and 540e. The performance M550d is expected with a quad-turbocharged diesel engine.

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Expect BMW India to launch the new 5 Series in 2017. Like the present model, the sedan will be assembled at BMW India's Chennai plant, though owing to the all-new carbon core architecture and raft of technological innovations on-board, localization is likely to be lower than the present 50 percent.

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