The seventh-generation BMW 5 Series turns five years old in October, but will continue to be sold until mid-2023, when an all-new 5 Series will arrive. The next-generation BMW 5 Series was slated to be the final internal combustion engine-powered 5 Series and will have significant upgrades across the board.
With the last comprehensive model change, the BMW 5 Series acquired a sportier design and is likely to become even sportier in the future. Designers should keep well-known characteristics such as a short front overhang, a tall hood, a set-back passenger compartment, a straight curb, and the Hofmeister kink.
The front end might look beefier and more shark-like, owing to a redesigned kidney grille with an aggressively bulging top part and new, uniquely shaped headlamps inspired by the G42 2 Series.
The low roofline would flow seamlessly towards the back, creating a recognizable appearance for the automobile. The rear lights may be made smaller and more pointed, which adds to the sportiness. The illustrations in this narrative, created by experienced illustrator Sugarchow (Instagram: sugardesign 1), effectively depict these speculations.
The interior is supposed to be a development of the 5 Series’ seventh generation. The 2023 BMW 5 Series is likely to take some new features from the Bimmers introduced this year and arriving next year. For tech-savvy internal customers, the most significant change will likely be the release of the latest version of BMW iDrive, which will operate on BMW Operation System 8.
The new system, informally dubbed BMW iDrive 8, significantly decreases the number of buttons and switches. It now has a more beautiful graphical user interface. Additionally, the iDrive 8 has an expanded language assistant with natural dialogue capability, user profiles (BMW ID), the BMW Digital Key Plus with Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology, cloud-based BMW Maps, and OTA updates.
Along with the center console’s fewer physical buttons, the BMW Curved Display should contribute to the cockpit’s clean, minimalist appearance. It is a curved display that combines the driver information and control displays. These screens have a maximum size of 12.3 inches and 14.9 inches, respectively. The BMW Curved Display will incorporate the controls for the air conditioning system for the first time in the BMW iX and later in the BMW i4.
The BMW 5 Series of 2023 will very certainly be built on an upgraded version of the CLAR platform. It will almost certainly be more electrified. The next-generation vehicle will likely have additional plug-in hybrid options. According to a source, the future BMW M550i might be equipped with an electrified 3.0-liter straight-six engine rather of the 4.4-liter V8.
This first-ever M550i plug-in hybrid is expected to have a combined output of around 525 horsepower. At the top of the hierarchy, anticipate an approximately 750-horsepower M5 plug-in hybrid to accompany the future BMW X8 M, or the BMW XM’s electrically assisted “S63” twin-turbo V8.
The plug-in hybrid options for the next-generation 5 Series may include the current 520e, 530e, and 530e xDrive models powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine, as well as the 530e powered by a 3.0-litre petrol engine. The more affordable and efficient plug-in hybrid models should provide more value through enhanced range and decreased fuel usage and CO2 emissions.
The BMW Group has indicated that it is working to enhance its PHEVs’ powertrains in order to achieve an all-electric range of 100 kilometers (62 miles). One of the plug-in hybrid options of the 2023 BMW 5 Series should offer a 100-kilometer (62-mile) all-electric range, or close to it.
Of course, we are continuing to enhance the drive and will eventually provide an electric range of up to 100 kilometers depending on the segment.
Pieter Nota, BMW Group’s Board Member for Customers, Brands, and Sales (BMW Group Media House Interview, June 2020)
BMW will also offer an electric version of the 2023 BMW 5 Series. Possibly the world’s first BMW i5, the electric model will fight against the Tesla Model S, Mercedes EQE, and the (upcoming) Audi A6 e-tron.