BMW 5 Series GT next-gen spyshot 1

The second-generation BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has been sighted by our European spy photographers as it undergoes testing in snowy conditions. The test mule seen here sports the familiar camouflage as seen in earlier spyshots of the hatchback.

Up front, the new 5 Series GT appears to sport a slightly resized version of BMW’s trademark kidney grille. The heavy camo may do well to conceal the more minor changes on the hatchback, but it can’t hide the sleeker roofline that appears to extend a little further towards the rear.

This modification sees the bootlid positioned lower than on the current F07 5 GT. The profile of the test mule also suggests a lower ride height as well. The split-opening tailgate/bootlid of the current car is expected to feature on the new car as well.

However, with the new 5 GT set to adopt BMW’s new modular and more versatile Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform (previously referred to as 35up), the hatchback could see revisions made to its interior spaciousness and cargo space.

Said platform also underpins the all-new G11 7 Series and next-gen G30 5 Series. As the former adopts BMW’s new Carbon Core construction that incorporates lightweight materials like carbon fibre into the chassis, the new 5 Series GT could shed almost 100 kg off of the outgoing’s model’s kerb weight.

Under the hood, the 5 Series GT should be offered with four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines, which will also be part of the G30 5 Series powerplant range. As the CLAR platform was developed with hybridisation in mind, a Power eDrive plug-in hybrid variant of the 5 GT could be on the cards as well.