BMW is busy building the next generation 5 series, a model considered to be innovative and well ahead of its competitors.
At the same time, the brand is also building the Touring variant which has been spotted on the road.
Surprisingly, the camouflaged Touring version was not alone. It was accompanied by two other upcoming models including the GT and the M5 cars. These models are scheduled to get launched towards the end of 2017. The Saloon is the one set to be out first after which BMW will roll these cars in an orderly fashion.
As expected, the cars are fully disguised so as to not give buyers a look into its design before the official launch. We could still make out its overall shape. The obvious design cues point to an Audi A6 rival being constructed from the stable of BMW. While the brand may choose to retain many of their elements in the car, they have also confirmed that the series will not make any innovative or drastic changes. Instead, the idea is to deliver a car familiar to users with new features and performance upgrades.
BMW 7 series cars follow the same traditional template with sloping rear window line and a squat-like appearance. Some sporty changes are being made but they are expected to be totally subtle. Along with the Touring, GT and the M5 models, spy photos of the BMW 5 series also emerged online. Official sources didn’t confirm the powertrain but it is expected to be powered by the 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine.
The engine is capable of delivering performance over 600 horsepower with better emission control and fuel efficient tweaks. The newer architecture on which these cars are constructed allow better legroom despite the sleek appearance on the outside. The models are expected to shed at least 100 kilograms allowing increased speed, performance and efficient use of gasoline. They are safer to use as carbon fiber reinforced plastic is used in the chassis.
CFRP materials were first used in the BMW 7 series which is now being slowly implemented in all other models without adding up to total costs. The new 5 series cars will also witness the implementation of autonomous driving technology with gesture control. While self-driving system is still in its early stages, BMW is looking forward to explore them now so that they can become mainstream in the next few years.