New BMW 5 Series spotted: price, specs and release date
The next-generation BMW 5 Series has been spotted testing. This new car isn’t expected to get a set of huge kidney grilles but will come as a fully electric i5 model for the first time. Read on for more details.
- Next-generation BMW 5 Series spotted
- Likely won’t have huge kidney grille design
- Petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric models expected
- Power from around 190hp to more than 530hp
- Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive likely
- Possible release date in 2022
These are some of the first shots of the all-new BMW 5 Series which should make its official debut at some point in 2022.
You can expect the 5 Series’ engine range to include new hybrid and fully electric models. The new car will be pitched as an alternative to the regular Audi A6 and upcoming A6 e-tron electric car, as well as the Mercedes E-Class and the soon-to-be-revealed EQE EV.
New BMW 5 Series design
The current BMW 5 Series has recently been facelifted and judging from these spy shots the next 5 Series will be more evolutionary than revolutionary.
This is no bad thing, especially when it looks unlikely that this new car will come with massive rabbit-tooth grilles like the new BMW i4 Gran Coupe and iX SUV.
This prototype looks to have temporary headlight and brake lights fitted, but the extended bonnet line and coupe-like rear end should reach production, and could give this new car a sleeker side profile than before.
The fully electric i5 model will be differentiated from the rest of the range with a set of blanked-off grilles and extra bright blue detailing.
New BMW 5 Series interior
It is too early to tell exactly what the interior will look like, but you can bet the new 5 Series will come with BMW’s new iDrive 8 infotainment system with two large screens, just like in the iX SUV.
The trend towards a minimalist interior as seen in the BMW i4 and iX will most likely be implemented in the new 5 Series, with most of the in-car functions being controlled through the 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen.
You can expect the new car to be slightly larger than the outgoing model, which should make the new 5 Series slightly roomier inside.
New BMW 5 Series engines and driving
You’ll be able to get the new 5 Series with a range of 4- and 6- cylinder petrol and diesel engines with mild hybrid assistance. New plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions will also be introduced. The prototype you see in these pictures is a hybrid model, but there’ll also be a fully electric variant called the i5.
Power outputs should all rise slightly across the range, which currently spans from 184hp to 530hp. There’ll also be a new M5 model along later, which should produce more than 625hp in range-topping Competition guise.
New BMW 5 Series price and release date
The next-gen BMW 5 Series is most likely going to make its official debut in 2022. Pricing for the current range starts at £39,275 for the base 520i, rising to over £71,000 for the M550i xDrive saloon. The new model could be slightly more expensive than this.
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