The new BMW 5-Series is in the final phases of development and will reportedly make its global premiere during the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The new BMW 5-Series is in the final phases of development and will reportedly make its global premiere during the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

According to Autocar, the Bavarian vehicle will be revealed as a sedan in Paris, while the Touring and GT versions will join the lineup in 2017 – probably in Geneva and Frankfurt. UK and European sales of the model will start in early 2017.

We’ve been through the technical details of the 2017 5-Series many times, so we’ll just note the most important features. Adopting a 7-Series-inspired design, the vehicle will be based on the CLAR platform and will likely be around 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than the current model. You can expect a similar interior as the one in the flagship sedan with all the cool goodies, including gesture control system and fully digital instrument cluster.

While nothing is confirmed yet, the model is believed to get an entry-level 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine, but this rumor should be taken with a pinch of salt. Probably the most interesting unit in the range will be a quad-turbo 3.0-liter diesel, generating 408 HP (300 kW) and 750 Nm (554 lb-ft) of torque in the M550xd variant.

Traditionally, the range-topping model will be the M5, featuring a retuned 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo petrol motor delivering 626 HP (460 kW) and an optional xDrive system.

Note: 2017 BMW 5-Series rendering by RM Design pictured.

Source: Autocar

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