Thanks to our spies, we have been watching the tests of the updated BMW 3-Series and the next-generation BMW 7-Series for quite a long time, and now prototypes of the future “five” have first come across the lenses of hunters for car novelties.
Test cars are heavily camouflaged and clearly have temporary lighting equipment, but the body itself looks already serial. There are Hybrid Test Vehicle and Electric Test Vehicle decals on the front doors and rear bumper, meaning BMW has started running in the sedan with electrified versions. The company has said more than once that a full-fledged electric car will appear in the family of the fifth series: its production will be set up in Dingolfing – the same place where the iX electric crossover was put on the conveyor the other day. Hybrid modifications with the possibility of charging from the mains are also available in the BMW 5 Series of the current generation: they are marked with the indexes 520e, 530e and 545e.
The radiator grille of the new “five” seems rather wide, but still not as gigantic as that of the new fourth series, M3 / M4 or the i4 electric car. A small spoiler can be seen on the trunk. The spies didn’t really get a glimpse into the salon, but some of the photos show that the entire front panel is closed. This could mean that it will be completely redesigned, for example, the new iDrive 8 interface with a single curved screen will be installed – as on the same iX and i4.
Since the prototypes came across to us for the first time, premieres are unlikely to be expected in the near future. Most likely, it will take place in the second half of next year: first the sedan will be shown, and then the station wagon. The related liftback BMW 6 Series GT, refreshed last spring following the fifth series family, is unlikely to survive a full generational change.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the BMW 5-Series (G30) 2021 from the FineAuto team:
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