The seventh generation BMW 5 Series is all set to come out in late 2016. Going by BMW’s latest naming scheme we do not expect that the styling will be anything radical or unique, but in a bid to keep popularity for the car, we expect that it will have sporty styling and be based on a lightweight platform.
According to earlier reports the car was touted to be carrying radical styling ala the Gran Lusso Coupe concept by Pininfarina showcased earlier this year at the Concordo D’Eleganza villa D’Este. The car's lightweight platform could be major breakthrough as it will weigh 100 kgs less than its predecessor.
The new 5 Series may get an updated range of four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines. In addition the most powerful variant may get a V8 petrol engine; rumour mills indicate a three-cylinder may also be in the offing. The duty to transmit power of these engines will be vested between a six-speed manual gearbox by Getrag or a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission.
The new BMW 5 Series might be available in India within six to eight months of its global launch. The current BMW 5 Series (F10) has been criticised by purists and BMW fans for losing the sporty essence of the brand in pursuit of appealing to a wider audience. We hope the seventh generation car gets the original BMW character and is worthy of holding “The ultimate driving machine.”