2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo spyshot

It appears the controversial BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo will indeed live on into a second generation, as these images from our European spy photographers show a development prototype being tested.

From the looks of it, Munich is looking to dial down the polarising styling of the current car – while the mule is still heavily camouflaged, the roofline seems to be a little sleeker, the rear bootlid height a little lower.

The design of the new car will probably still ruffle a few feathers, but at least it won’t be quite so ungainly as it is now; whether BMW will be able to avoid compromising the GT’s trademark commodious interior and cargo space, however, remains to be seen. Expect the novel split-opening tailgate/bootlid of the current F07 to be retained here.

2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo spyshot

Underneath, the 5 GT should move onto the new modular, rear-biased Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform that also underpins the new G11 7 Series and upcoming G30 5 Series. The Carbon Core construction first seen on the 7er – utilising carbon fibre, magnesium, aluminium and steel – should enable the new car to shave as much as 100 kg over the outgoing model’s kerb weight.

Like the current 5 GT, the new car probably won’t come with the base engines used on the rest of the 5 Series range, so it should skip the three-cylinder mills that will make a debut on the G30. Instead, the range should feature four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a Power eDrive plug-in hybrid variant – the powertrain was demonstrated earlier this year with a combined power output of over 670 hp.