As we said, the model is set to be released in Europe - Germany is likely to be the first market to get the car - in 2010 and will feature several exterior styling modifications required by a number of factors. The best example comes from European pedestrian safety regulations which is expected to bring several changes in terms of exterior design.
For instance, BMW will maintain the twin-kidney grille design but will reduce the overall length of the front overhang, with the wheelbase expected to be reduce by around 10 centimeters. The track will be widened as well, with overall length to be increase by 2 centimeters. And speaking of dimensions, the car will feature a slightly increase width, with height a bit lower compared to the current model.
Internally known as "F10", the next-generation BMW 5-Series Touring will be powered by a 2.5-liter straight-6 engine, with top versions to be offered with a - hold your breath - 4.8-liter V8 unit. Still not enough? No problem, cause BMW has an even more powerful version too, with a 5.0-liter V10 unit also likely to join the range.
The car will boast 17-inch wheels by default, with 18- and 19-inch to be offered as options.