The all-new BMW 5 Series G30 has been spotted testing ahead of its Summer premiere. New platform and lightweight materials are confirmed for the new executive sedan together with design cues lifted from the new G11 7-Series.
The structure of the new BMW 5-Series uses a combination of aluminium, hot-formed high-strength steel and composite carbonfibre parts to reduce weight and deliver exceptional rigidity levels.
Its sophisticated platform, known under the internal codename OKL or Oberklasse – the German therm for ‘luxury class’, has been conceived to underpin all high-end BMW models that use a longitudinally mounted engine, including the 7-Series and future 6-Series models.
CFRP technology will be used not only for structural purposes but also for key body parts such as roof, hood, boot lid and doors. This solution will help bringing down the model’s weight, in comparison to the ongoing generation.
The new BMW 5-Series is planned to feature a family of modular engines with a plug-in hybrid variant also available right from the outset. In fact, AutoBild goes as far as predicting not one, but three hybrid versions are planned, all with an electric range up to 50 km.
The in-line units are central to the new modular engine family, with both petrol and diesel units set to share common capacities. Two 3-liter petrol versions and three 3-liter diesel engines, all of them bearing 6 cylinders: 530i/333 HP, 535i/375 HP, 530d/286 HP, 530d/333 HP, M550d/401 HP with three turbos and one electric turbo.
The new G30 sedan will also be the first 5-Series ever available with a 3-cylinder engine developing 150 HP and credited with a fuel consumption of only 3.9 l/100 km, a record in this segment.
BMW is planning to provide the new 5-Series with a new ZF-engineered nine-speed automatic transmission and a draft of innovative systems such as traffic warning, self-parking or autonomous driving capability.
The new BMW 5 Series will be unveiled in July 2016, four months after the new Mercedes E-Class generation. Three versions will be available: limousine (code name G 30, July 2016), an estate version (code name G 31, November 2016) and the GT in the spring of 2017.