It's still a little early to be sure, but it appears the next 5 Series will be a handsome thing.
The upcoming G60-generation BMW 5 Series has appeared on Instagram completely undisguised, and although only one image has been provided, things look promising. Presumably captured within a BMW factory or a delivery center, the photograph reveals a very slim pair of taillight clusters that appear to take some inspiration from the design seen on the BMW 7 Series. These retain the now-traditional L-shape of most BMW tails, and although they may be somewhat underwhelming at first, we think the clean and simple design is elegant and will appeal to the traditional 5 Series buyer more than the majority of recent BMW releases.
We can also see a gloss black roof and a very subtle trunk lid spoiler, while the recessed door handles add another nice touch from the 7 Series. The famous Hofmeister kink is evident, too, and the body lines appear to be uncluttered. As for the front of the car, spy shots have confirmed that a massive pair of kidney grilles will not be present on this model. Once again, it appears that the 5 Series will be the best-looking BMW volume model on offer, which means the similar-but-electric BMW i5 will also be a looker. The inevitable M5 will dial up the aggression and generate around 700 horsepower, and it has a great base to work from.
The base i5 eDrive40 (RWD) will reportedly produce 335 horsepower, and the dual-motor i5 M60 xDrive (AWD) will take that figure to 590 hp, just 27 hp less than the current M5. On the WLTP cycle, the eDrive40 is estimated to be capable of 291-362 miles of range, while the EPA figure is 295 miles. A Max Range mode coupled with a drag coefficient of 0.23 means it should get close to those figures in the real world. The M Performance model's range has not been disclosed, but it's reportedly getting 20-inch wheels with foam inlays in the tires for less road noise. Rear-wheel steering is also expected.
Production of the new 5er will begin in the summer, with a market launch in October 2023. The full reveal is late next month.
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