Here is a first glimpse at the F10 5-Series facelift interior, thanks to Chinese car website Auto Sohu. If you are familiar with the current generation BMW F10, you’ll immediately notice a new steering wheel design, which looks like the M Sport steering wheel found on the M6, 1-Series M Sport and F30 M Sport. It’s a lot more ‘youthful’ in it’s looks, with thin spokes.

Another change that I’ve spotted that’s different compared to the current generation F10 is a revised iDrive controller that looks like it has a touchpad on top. We covered this subject last year in a story about BMW’s new ConnectedDrive technologies.

This iDrive knob is called iDrive Touch, and it features a multi-touch surface on top of the traditional iDrive controller knob to make certain vehicle control functions faster and easier to use. Then again this might not actually be something new and might not end up being offered in the F10 outside of China, as iDrive Touch is already in BMW production cars in China from July 2012, to make it easier to key in Chinese characters into the iDrive system.

We are expecting BMW to unveil the F10 5-Series facelift at next month’s Auto Shanghai 2013, which we will be covering live, so stay tuned.