The G30 BMW 5 Series has been spied once again on public roads in its run-up to take on the new W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. But while the E-Class’ debut is set to take place in a matter of days now, we may have to wait a little longer for the full unveiling of the next-generation 5 Series.
Just like the spyshots we brought you before, a heavy amount of camouflage continues to mask the car’s exterior details. Peeking past the disguise, we can see the 5er’s new headlamps and wider front grille. Wrap-around tail lights with new lighting graphics are visible at the rear, and it also appears that the sporty sedan has received a set of new stylish tail pipes.
We’ve also had a glimpse of the G30 5 Series’s cabin when we spied a wagon version being tested at the Nurburgring. While the interior styling remains loyal to BMWs before it, the car notably features a very large free-standing display screen, a gear lever and an iDrive controller straight out of the G11 7er, and unique central air vents on the dash.
Adopting styling and tech elements from the new G11 limousine, the G30 executive sedan will also ride on the brand’s new CLAR platform (formerly known as 35up) which utilises a mixture of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminium and magnesium in its construction.
Given the extensive use of CFRP on the new 7 Series, don’t be surprised to see the next 5er follow suit with lightweight body panels of its own – particularly for the roof, bonnet, boot lid and door skins. Reports suggest that this may reduce the overall weight of the new 5 Series by 100 kg against the current F10.
Performance-wise, there’s no reason to expect anything but BMW’s latest four-, six- and eight-cylinder TwinPower turbo petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid variant has also been spied in the past as well.
We understand that BMW may also introduce a 5 Series variant that will be powered by its new three-cylinder TwinPower engine. While it will surely prove economical, the idea of a 1.5 litre three-pot under the hood of a 5 Series may not be the most appealing proposition for customers in markets such as ours.
GALLERY: Next-gen BMW 5 Series spyshots with interior