BMW’s next-generation 5 Series—factory code G30—will show up in just over two years, the summer of 2016, according to Car Magazine. The sixth iteration of BMW’s iconic mid-level sedan will include a range from gas-sipping three-liter models all the way up to a 600-horsepower M5. Also in the mix will be Touring wagons and a Gran Tourismo. Look for both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions.
Emphasis will be on commonality of chassis—and on losing weight. High-strength steel, aluminum, and carbon-fiber will help the new 5 Series drop up to 175 pounds, while the M5 might weigh in almost 400 pounds lighter than the current version
Engine choices might include three-, four-, and six-cylinder engines, some fueled by diesel and some by gasoline. Hybrid versions will continue to be offered. BMW is serious about raising its corporate average fuel efficiency. Of course, some of the 5 Series variants will not be marketed in the U.S. and it will be interesting to see, in a couple of years, which models BMW think might be attractive to American buyers.
Some of the automatic driving features that BMW previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month might find their way into the next-generation 5 Series. By that time, production Park Assist may be able to find your parking spot and completely take over your car to a successful parallel parking completion. Automatic lane changing and overtaking may be another possibility.
A lot can happen between now and 2016, but if BMW’s sneak peaks at the 2014 CES and Car Magazine’s sources are accurate, the nextgen 5 Series will be technological marvels. Let’s hope BMW keeps them true to what made them great and that they continue to be known more for their performance, handling, braking, and comfort than they are for their gadgets.—Scott Blazey
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