BMW is providing a glimpse of its new midsize sedan, prior to the 5 Series' big debut set for later this month.
The BMW Films reboot will be out on October 23 with the full release of “The Escape” and we have a hunch the next-gen 5 Series will be unveiled on the very same day, if not a few days sooner. That’s because the trailer for the upcoming short film, which follows “The Hire” series of eight films released in 2001 and 2002, appears to be showing the new G30 sedan.
Ahead of the car’s highly-anticipated premiere, BMW has decided to share several videos with its E-Class and A6 fighter to show off its camouflaged exterior and interior. Previous teasers and a multitude of spy images have shown the styling will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, both in terms of the body and the cabin. The car is going to be slightly longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing model, and that will obviously pay dividends in terms of interior space where rear passengers will get to enjoy more legroom, while the trunk should also benefit from a bump in cargo capacity.
BMW has already announced the new 5 Series is going to ride on the company’s CLAR platform set to bring a weight loss of up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms). Some of the features are going to be sourced from its bigger brother, including the semi-autonomous driving tech, which will include the Steering and Lane Control Assistant as well as a Crossroads Warning system. In addition, the midsize premium sedan from Bavaria will also be available with “Remote View 3D” functionality allowing owners to remotely get a bird’s-eye view of the car thanks to the onboard cameras and a smartphone app.
In terms of engines, an assortment of turbocharged four-, six-, and eight-cylinder units are going to be available, alongside at least one plug-in hybrid derivative. The beefy M5 will use an evolution of the biturbo 4.4-liter V8 said to push out as much as 626 horsepower (467 kilowatts). Those ponies are going to be delivered exclusively through an automatic transmission since BMW has already announced the demise of the manual due to lack of demand. The M-flavored sedan will come with a rear-wheel drive layout as usual, but for the very first time in the model’s existence there’s going to be an optional grippy xDrive layout.
Following the sedan’s launch, the more practical Touring will join the lineup likely in the first half of 2017. A long-wheelbase derivative of the sedan is also on the agenda and it's probably pinned for next year as well, but it will only be available in China like the current variant. Further down the line, the 5 Series GT will be out, and hopefully it will have a less cumbersome rear end.
Until then, production of the regular sedan will begin before the year’s end at the Dingolfing factory located in Lower Bavaria. From early 2017, assembly will also commence at Magna Steyr’s Graz plant in Austria.
[update] BMW has released a new teaser video in which it announces the 5 Series G30 will be revealed in full on Thursday.