BMW G30 5 Series

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.

BMW G30 5 Series

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