A new BMW 5 Series will arrive to continue the decades-old battle with the Mercedes E-Class – which is also due to be replaced next year – and the Audi A6, which will be updated in 2023. This newcomer, codenamed G60, will be one of the models The brand’s final new cars before the Neue Klasse generation start arriving in the middle of the decade, likely led by all-electric alternatives to the 3 Series and X5 SUV.
Although the next 5 Series could be considered a swansong for the current generation of BMW’s lineup, it will still represent a significant departure from the current car and offer a nameplate that has been the subject of sporadic speculation. Since the introduction of the BMW ‘i’ model range.
As part of BMW’s ‘Power of Choice’ strategy, the new 5 Series will offer multiple powertrain options, including the option of an all-electric version, which will take the name i5. A new M5 flagship will also be presented, and for the first time it will be electrified. However, the core range of petrol and diesel models will still be the big sellers, making up the majority of the range.
Set to be revealed next year, the 5 Series has already been spied on by BMW engineers, having been tested on public roads since 2021. Spy footage reveals that it will be a more traditional looking car than the latest addition to BMW’s saloon range. .
The Series 7 made a splash with its bold new look when it was revealed earlier this year. A new design language has been introduced that is entirely separate from the brand’s other vehicles, with a full-length grille sandwiched between a distinctive new front splitter. However, this polarizing pattern will not be used on the new 5 Series. Instead, the new saloon will stick to a more conservative design to appeal to a wider audience.
Our exclusive photos show how the larger headlights and traditionally branded kidney grilles when compared to the 7 Series will crown a sportier-looking front end. After all, the 5 Series is the executive saloon that has set the class standard for driving dynamics for decades—the 7 Series-based look likely won’t work with regular car customers.
The new 5 Series will grow slightly compared to its G30 predecessor, but its proportions will remain similar. At the rear, the taillights will be slimmer than before. This visual transformation was previewed in our exclusive photos, while we also highlighted what the i5 and M5 models could look like. The proprietary-body Touring version is almost certain to return to the fold as well, perhaps even in M5 form.
Inside, the new 5 Series’ cabin design is very likely to take inspiration from the latest models in the company’s lineup, with clear progression when it comes to technology on offer as well.
As a result, the 2023 5 Series will adopt a new generation of cabin architecture likely to take inspiration from the new 7 Series and the all-electric iX SUV. Two pairs of gently curved screens will seamlessly blend into each other, extending the area in front of the driver and the center of the dashboard. The new vehicle’s electrical switches and controls are likely to appeal to newcomers and BMW traditionalists, as it combines the brand’s iDrive rotating disc with the new BMW touch-sensitive interaction bar introduced on the latest 7 Series model.
Ultimately, the arrival of the all-electric i5 will make headlines at launch; Just as it pushed the i7 brand to the fore when it unveiled the new 7 Series earlier this year, the company’s Mercedes EQE competitor will be the big draw.
This does not mean that the internal combustion options will be a sideshow. In fact, it is possible that the newcomer will arrive to announce a new generation of engines, which were pitched as being in development by executives earlier this year.
Since the next-generation fifth-generation will likely be the last pure-combustion model to be sold, it will have to face tougher emissions legislation in the future, so significant efficiency gains have been targeted for the new version. The range will be based on four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines using 48-volt mild-hybrid technology.
Plug-in hybrid drivetrains are slowly taking over much of the brand’s UK 5 Series range, and the expansion of that technology will include the first-ever M Performance inline model – likely carrying the M560e xDrive badge and carrying technology from the petrol-electric M760e. This six-cylinder PHEV setup – which packs up to 563 hp and 800 Nm – is almost certain to remove V8 power from a non-M 5 Series lineup, while an 18.1 kWh battery will provide an electric range of 50 miles.
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