Rendering - 2017 BMW 5 Series

27/03/2014 - 13:26 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

BMW is set to replace the 5 Series with a next generation model in 2016. The 2017 BMW 5 Series has been spied on test numerous times in Europe, and according to Auto Express, the sedan could look like this.

Rendering 2017 BMW 5 Series
The new 5 Series would arrive in 2016.

According to BMWs research, buyers in this segment are not interested in radical styling, which is why the new 5-er will look largely similar to the current model. Underneath though, the 2017 5-er will use an all-new OKL (Ober Klasse or Upper Class) platform. The OKL will form basis for successors of the 6 and 7 Series, X5, X6 and a large X7 SUV.

Using high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon-fiber, the new 5-er will shed about 100 kg from its kerb weight. This will enhance its agility and efficiency, says Auto Express. BMW is also considering introducing a three-cylinder engine on the new 5-er, in a bid to further reduce emissions. Plug-in hybrid drivetrains are confirmed to be used on the next generation 5 Series.

Rendering 2017 BMW 5 Series rear
A three-cylinder engine is reported to be under consideration for the new 5-er.

As with the current model, the 5 Series family will encompass the sedan, estate, M5 and GT (Gran Turismo) models. The new 5-er will compete with the new E Class (scheduled to arrive by the same period), Audi A6 and Jaguar XF.

[Images from Auto Express]

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