The next generation BMW 5-Series Touring has been caught on camera once more, this time testing a plug-in hybrid system.

The next generation BMW 5-Series Touring has been caught on camera once more, this time testing a plug-in hybrid system.

Set to ride on the same CLAR platform as the overhauled 7-Series, BMW's new mid-size model will lose about 100 kg although this particular model will be a little bit heavier due to the added hardware commanded by the plug-in hybrid setup. The prototype seems to carry the production body and headlights whereas the taillights are not showing their final form. The shape of the body will remain just about the same while the size of the car is expected to increase a little bit compared to the outgoing model, thus enabling a roomier interior cabin.

It's not known at this point what will power the hybridized 5-Series, but it could employ the same setup as the X5 xDrive40i which combines a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline with an electric motor, a 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox. Total output stands at 313 PS (230 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, so performance should be brisk in the mid-size wagon especially since it will go through an extensive diet.

Based on the intel we have so far, the next generation BMW 5-Series will make its debut early 2017 and chances are this plug-in hybrid derivative will be available from day one and will likely be one of the most expensive models of the range.

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