Design studio RM Design has released two new renderings of the next-generation BMW 5 Series. Realistically drawn, the renderings envision the new 5 Series as a smaller version of the recently launched 7 Series.
Equipped with the M Sport package, RM Design’s BMW 5 Series features slender headlights that merge with the kidney grille, L-shaped rear lights and chrome strip along the sides.
Scheduled to hit the market mid 2016, the seventh-generation 5 Series (codenamed G30) will sit on BMW’s new CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform and will use rear- and all-wheel-drive components set.
The platform is comprised of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre to drop around 80kg from today’s 5 Series. The range-topping M5 will shed even more weight, with the new model reportedly shaving up to 180kg.
As a result of the reduced weight, BMW engineers are reportedly considering a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel engine pinched from the 2 Series Active Tourer to power the entry-level 5 Series!
Other engine include a plug-in hybrid and a quad turbo all-wheel-drive M550xd. Meanwhile, the next M5 is said to feature an uprated 460kW (626HP) version of the current 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 and the option of all-wheel-drive for the first time.
Photos via: RM Design
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