Report - New details available on the 2017 BMW 5 Series

27/01/2014 - 12:12 | ,  ,   | Karthik H

BMW has already begun working on the next-generation 5 Series which is due in the summer of 2016.

Sixth-generation BMW 5 Series front three-quarter spyshot
The Sixth-generation BMW 5 Series will be launched in the summer of 2016.

Car Magazine reports that the next 5 Series could get three-cylinder engines, possibly spawn a 600 hp M5 and autonomous driving. It will also birth a 5 Series Gran Turismo and a Touring (Estate) later in that year.

The sixth-generation 5 Series is called the 'G30' internally and will be underpinned by an all-new '30up' platform that's built from a combination of aluminium, high-strength steel and carbon fibre to be a full 80 kg lighter compared to the current 5 Series.

Sixth-generation BMW 5 Series side spyshot
BMW has readied an all-new '30up' platform for the next-gen BMW 5 Series, codenamed G30.

The loss of weight on the 5 Series could allow BMW to power it by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder diesel engine that develops 115 hp for the base 518d model. 500 cc cylinders would be put together to come up with three-, four- and six-cylinder engines that share 60 percent of their parts. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will power the 520d and 525d, generating 231 hp.

The 528i will get a 272 hp petrol engine, the site says. Front axle assemblies will also be shared with the smaller engined 5 Series sharing it with the next-generation 3 Series and the higher powered six- and eight-cylinder models will get the front axle from the next 7 Series.

Sixth-generation BMW 5 Series grille spyshot
The base 518d is expected to get a three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.

The site also reports that the M5 developed from this 5 Series would be a whopping 180 kg lighter, carrying a tuned version of the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 used in the present M5 to develop close to 600 hp. There could also be an option of a four-wheel drive on the M5 for the first time in its illustrious history.

[Source - Car Magazine]

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