In the forthcoming autumn of 2023, BMW is set to introduce the latest iteration of the BMW 5 Series with the launch of the G60 model. This iteration will also feature an E variant, boasting a prodigious 750 horsepower output, albeit sans the customary V8 engine.
In a groundbreaking development, our Erlkönighunter has succeeded in capturing images of the nascent BMW 5 Series during its formative stages of development. Although shrouded in thick concealment, the model exhibits its fresh contours, though the standard lighting components remain absent. Furthermore, our designer has digitally envisioned the forthcoming 5 Series to provide an enhanced glimpse into its salient features.
BMW 5 Series with low kidney
In comparison to its predecessor, the G30, which has been a stalwart in the market since 2017, the latest iteration of the BMW 5 Series stands out with a lowered front facade. There is an absence of the much-discussed grille that had raised eyebrows in the M3 or the 4-series, and instead, an expansive yet flat radiator grille steals the limelight.
The model displays an extended profile, and the overhangs, particularly at the front, appear to be more substantial. The passenger cell is slightly set back, and the door handles, with recessed grips, have been assimilated from the i4. The roof slopes towards the rear in a gentle manner, and the trunk lid concludes with a rear rump, which seems more inclined than the previous generation.
The Hofmeister kink that is a hallmark of BMW is featured in the rear windows. The design for the lights takes inspiration from the iX, which adds a touch of modernity to the vehicle. The latest iteration is bound to be larger, with the length reaching or possibly exceeding the five-meter mark.
5 Series as BMW i5
The models we have recently observed proudly bear the insignia of “Electric Vehicle” and “Hybrid Test Vehicle”. It should come as no surprise that BMW has set its sights on the modified CLAR platform (Cluster Architecture II) for its series beginning in 2023.
This innovative platform not only accommodates combustion engines with mild hybrids but also caters to plug-in hybrids and purely electric drives. Consequently, the i5 will be joining the ranks of the 5 Series lineup, akin to the BMW 7 Series/i7 or 4 Series/i4.
The i4 boasts an 80 kWh battery, delivering up to 544 hp in the i4 M50. Meanwhile, the BMW i7 offers a range of battery sizes up to 120 kWh. The top-tier i7 model features a rear axle that hosts two electric motors, an inverter, power electronics, and a differential in a single housing. A secondary, less powerful motor is installed on the front axle. Power transmission is facilitated by the new eight-speed transmission from ZF, catering to both plug-in and mild hybrid variants.
BMW M560e instead of M550i
It is certainly conceivable that an i5 in M trim could be configured to deliver a staggering 750 hp, particularly given BMW’s prior demonstration of this impressive drive in a power BEV. Insider reports from auto-motor-und-sport.de indicate that 5-series customers will be deprived of the 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine in the M550i boasting 530 hp in the new generation.
Instead, the drive system of the M760e, a six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine offering 381 hp paired with a 197 hp electric motor, will be utilized, thereby providing a total of 571 hp. The BMW M560e is expected to generate roughly 560 hp, directing the full force of its engine through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels.
Approximately six months following the debut of the 5 Series sedan, the 5 Series Touring (G61) station wagon and M5 variants will be available for purchase. The latter, of course, will be powered by an eight-cylinder engine, maintaining its tradition of outstanding performance.
5 Series with I Drive 8
In regards to its interior, occupants of the BMW can anticipate a novel experience with the introduction of the new I-Drive 8 operating system, unveiled at the CES in early 2021. The menu configuration has undergone a revamp, where the primary features including navigation, multimedia control, and telephone application, are exhibited in oversized, tile-like windows, and the most essential information is unveiled in the primary menu.
The driver is bestowed with all vital driving data, inclusive of navigation displays, presented via a head-up display. For those who prefer a traditional dashboard view, this information can also be found on the 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel. The center console boasts a magnificent 14.9-inch infotainment screen, affording customers the convenience of downloading vehicle software and purchasing online services.
The dynamic “Power of Choice” strategy, coined by BMW, enables the provision of all driving options on a single platform. With this approach in mind, the upcoming BMW 5 Series, bearing the designations G60 and G61, has been meticulously crafted. This upper-middle-class model is slated for release in 2023, offered as a refined sedan, and will be followed six months later by a wagon version known as the “Touring.”
In accordance with BMW’s commitment to providing a wide range of options, the models will be available with a choice of diesel engines featuring mild hybrid technology or petrol engines with plug-in hybrid capabilities. Furthermore, the electric i5 model joins the fray with its exceptional all-electric drivetrain.