Fresh Spy Photos of the 2017 BMW 5 Series Are Here

BMW is hard at work testing the next generation 5 Series, expected to be called G30 internally.
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The BMW F10’s replacement is expected to launch this year as a 2017 model, and the company’s engineers are testing camouflaged mules. Thanks to our collaborating spy photographers, we have a set of fresh spy photos of the next-generation model.

The G30 generation of the 5 Series is expected to receive most of the technologies and innovations found in the current 7 Series. We’re thinking of CFRP components, a new modular platform called CLAR, new engines and more onboard technology.

Like the new BMW 7 Series, the 5 Series will get a multi-material construction to reduce its total weight and to improve rigidity and crash protection. The construction techniques used are definitely influenced by the ones used to make the i3 and i8, but with less carbon fiber and more aluminum. Naturally, conventional steel will still be used for the next generation 5 Series.

Thanks to these improvements, the 5 Series is expected to weigh around 220 pounds less than the current model. As the spyshots confirm, the car will maintain its relative dimensions and proportions.

A quick look reveals a bigger “kidney grille,” an increase in the size of the headlights, a different taillight design, new shapes for the bumpers, and more profiled side skirts. The C-pillar and trunk lid seem to have changed their shapes as well.

As far as we can tell, the car seems lower and wider, but this might appear so because of the deceiving camouflage pattern used by BMW especially to trick our brains when it comes to the shape it perceives. Either way, the car looks to have a nice stance.

The prototype shown in the photo gallery has unusual trapezoidal exhaust tips on each side. This shape is rather new for BMW sedans and comes as a surprise. We believe it might somehow match the rear shape of the car.

Among the technologies the next 5 Series is expected to receive, we can find the self-parking system, a fully digital dash and a gesture control system, just like on its big brother. Obviously, most of these elements will be optional equipment.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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