The next-generation BMW 5-Series due for a launch in 2016 has been spotted testing on international soil.
The new model is expected to be based on the 35up platform and built using light weight materials such as carbon fibre. The new model is also expected to be lighter by about 100 kg than its predecessor.
Exterior profile reveals more of an evolution than revolution. The car does not look drastically different, and there would have been no points for guessing this test mule for a 5-Series. Changes visible include new front air dams, revised kidney grille, new headlamp, reshaped A-pillar, new door handles, revised door design, flatter rear window, different wing mirrors, new alloy wheels, new LED tail lamp setup, sportier rear bumper.
Powering the next-generation 5-Series could be a 150 BHP, 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. A new quad-turbo motor pumping out 408 BHP & 750 Nm is also being developed for the M550xd variant. The M5 is reported to get a 626 BHP petrol motor. A plug-in hybrid variant mated to a 2.0L, 4-cylinder petrol motor could be offered in the international markets.
Indian debut could happen in 2017, since the car is expected to launch in the international markets in mid-2016.
Source – WorldCarFans