BMW LogoAutocar has the scoop on the next generation BMW 5-Series, expected to go on sale in March 2009. The new executive luxury sedan will grow 10mm in length because of a longer wheelbase. To minimize weight gain, the chassis will use a version of the current model’s aluminium spacefront front mated to a steel rear.

The top of the range non-M5 5-series will feature a 4.4 litre V8, but it will be twin parallel turbocharged to produce over 400 horsepower.

New technologies will include blind-spot recognition, and automatic lane change detection, and these systems will all be connected to each other with a FlexRay bus, a network technology that first made its debut on the BMW X5.

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