Spy images of the 2017 BMW 5 Series recently leaked online, and the vehicle looks far from ready. The vehicle was spotted at a gas station in Germany by the folks at pro-street.dk, and judging by the body lines, dimensions, and the exterior aesthetics, the vehicle might be the new 535i or the 535d.
This mid-sized sedan has been out testing for the past couple of months, and numerous changes have been made over the period. According to the experts, BMW will release the first official image of the vehicle sometime this summer, followed by the official launch at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Although this might sound appealing at the moment, the German luxury car manufacturing giant is yet to come up with an official statement regarding the incident. Hence, we can neither confirm nor deny any of these facts.
Judging by the initial images, it is evident that the 2017 BMW 5 Series shares quite a bit of the exterior styling with the recently-launched 7 Series.
The similarities include, but are not limited to, the upright kidney grille up front, sharp and rounded body lines, sleek headlight design, along with an elongated body, just like the 7 Series.
Despite the elongated chassis, experts believe that the new vehicle will actually be lighter than its predecessors. As interesting as it might sound, it is yet to be seen how the engineers at BMW manage to acquire this feat, not that we are skeptical about the claims, considering the engineering prowess that the Germans are famous for!
The 2017 BMW 5 Series is based on their all new CLAR platform, which along with the consistent use of carbon fiber, is rumored to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle by over 100kg.
BMW’s new G3X family is expected to be based on the CLAR platform too, formerly known as the ‘35up platform’, which will eventually make its way to the 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models in the near future.
The platform is composed of carbon fiber, aluminum, and high tensile steel, which plays a primary role in the total weight loss. CLAR or Cluster Architecture is useful since it provides the extra flexibility required and is adjustable in size and content.
The pressure is mounting on the engineers, since the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which launched a few weeks back, is claiming to be the world’s most technologically advanced vehicle in its class at the moment.
It is likely that the engineers are planning to borrow some of the advanced features such as the iDrive infotainment system, gesture control, laser beam headlights from the 7 Series and place them on the upcoming 5 Series in order to try and beat Mercedes-Benz at their own game!
As far as the interior goes, a blog on BMW Blog shows a few spy images, which proves that the interior borrows heavily from the 7 Series, which is a good sign for the prospective 5 Series owners. The steering wheel design, along with the gadgetry on the interior, mimic those on the 7 Series.
The blog also predicted the presence of a 7-inch LCD screen on the dashboard. Even though the 2017 BMW 5 Series is a much-hyped vehicle, we cannot predict its market verdict at the moment, since the vehicle needs to pass the test of time and its worthy competitors, in order to gain the title.
The 5 Series competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF, and the Audi A6, all of which are able vehicles in their own right.