These are probably the clearest spy photos taken of the forthcoming sixth-generation BMW 5-Series yet. The shots reveal the fact that the new BMW 5-Series will have several design cues in common with the BMW 7-Series that was launched this summer. The 2009 BMW 7-Series was inspired from the Beijing Show CS Concept, so it has tall, sculpted bodysides.
Cabin space for the BMW 5-Series will be improved, as the model will grow a few inches as far as dimensions are concerned. Moreover, thanks to the extended use of aluminum body parts, the overall mass of the car will be kept low, so weight saving measures have indeed been taken. As for what’s under the hood, a wide range of gasoline engines is expected, including naturally aspirated and turbocharged inline six-cylinder motors and a twin-turbo V8 as well as 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder turbo diesel units.
The BMW M5 is one of the most anticipated models and it is stated that BMW will replace the current 507 HP 5.0-liter V10 with a more powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
The debut for the BMW 5-Series is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2010, so sales will begin towards the end for the year for Europe, whereas for the US and other global markets this will happen in early 2011.