X2 coupe-SUV arriving in Paris.
Honestly, we were expecting the next generation BMW 5 Series to arrive at the Paris Motor Show in early October, but a new report is indicating this will happen a few months later – at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in early 2017.
Our friends at BMW Blog claim the executive sedan will make an online premiere before the end of the year and first press drives are scheduled for the beginning of the next year. Instead of showing us the 5 Series in Paris, the Bavarian brand will host the world premiere of the brand new X2 coupe-SUV in the capital of France.
Currently in its final stages of development, the new 5 Series is expected to adopt an evolutionary design or, in other words, a scaled down version of the 7 Series flagship limo. Based on the new CLAR platform, it will be slightly bigger than the current model, but will shave up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) from the curb weight thanks to the use of carbon in the body structure.
As one would expect from a BMW mass product, the new 5 Series will be launched with a wide range of gasoline and diesel turbocharged engines. New members of the family are rumored to be the 530e and 540e plug-in hybrids using hardware from the 330e, but upgraded for the larger and heavier car.
Of course, the range-topping M5 variant will also get a decent upgrade and will likely feature the latest evolution of the 4.4-litre V8 engine, tuned to deliver up to 626 horsepower. It is believed the high-performance sedan will also receive an optional xDrive system – for the first time in its history.
Note: 2017 BMW 5 Series render by Jerry Alvarez for BMW Blog pictured.
Source: BMW Blog