India-Bound Next-Gen BMW 5 Series Takes Shape

The next-gen BMW 5 Series will be a wholly new car and is likely to receive a fastback-like body style.

Next-gen BMW 5 Series

After introducing the 5 Series Facelift recently in India, BMW has already started working on the next-gen of the 5 Series. It is a hugely popular sedan in India and the German giant doesn’t want to lose its market. Set to be unveiled by 2024, the next-gen BMW 5 Series will be a completely redesigned car.

  • Next-gen 5 Series global debut could take place by 2024
  • Could have a fastback-like body style
  • Current-gen 5 Series facelift was launched in India recently

Expected Powertrain Options of the Next-Gen 5 Series

The next-gen is expected to come with multiple powertrain options which will include a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version, which could get the i5 moniker. The new 5 Series line-up will wear a bold new look that will obviously mark them out from today’s car.

Following the imminent arrival of the iX flagship SUV and i4 sedan overseas, BMW will introduce further seven pure-electric cars by 2025 in the international markets, with several core combustion-engine models gaining EV derivatives in the same vein as the X3-based iX3.

BMW has not yet ruled out the details as to how they will vary its EV powertrain variant, but the current 5 Series uses the same CLAR architecture that underpins electric and combustion-engine versions of the new 4 Series, suggesting its larger sibling will offer a similar powertrain line-up if it retains the platform. The standard version of the i5 could potentially be offered with both rear and four-wheel-drive drivetrain options.

The plug-in hybrid versions of the new 5 Series will likely retain their current 530e and 545e badging, with electrified four and six-cylinder petrol engines, respectively. It is an anticipation that the M5 will adopt some form of electrification, however, it remains to be seen if the M550i would be re-introduced by BMW or not. Although, a range of pure-combustion variants is likely to continue on sale.

Expected Design of the Next-gen 5 Series

BMW is likely to style the new 5 Series rather tastefully and different from the outgoing vehicle. The 5 Series would get the horizontal arrangement for the grille which will be blanked-off for the EV. The vertical grille design from the M3 and M4 will be absent.

The new sedan will get a much sharper front styling, with the grilles angled backwards to give the bonnet a small degree of overhang, while the rear will most likely move away from the conventional three-box sedan shape for a fastback-style silhouette.

Expected Launch of the Next-gen 5 Series

As mentioned above, the Indian market has just received the facelifted 5 Series sedan. The all-new version is still some time away and will be launched subsequently after a world premier sometime in 2024.  As far as rivals go, the 5 Series takes on the likes of the E-Class (sold in a long wheelbase version in India), the Audi A6 and the Jaguar XF.

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