Known among enthusiasts by its codename G60, the next BMW 5 Series Sedan has been caught up close as a more developed prototype. It ended up dropping the temporary headlights to make room for production-ready headlights and taillights. We’re not entirely sure why the camouflaged prototype “winks” at us, but the headlights on the passenger side definitely look like the final setup. Also, we are pleased to report that the kidney lattice is not very large.
The rear of the car has the last two taillight clusters and these look very different from those on the new LCI Series 3 and Series 7. Overall, the inbetweener appears to have a sharper appearance compared to other BMW sedans rather than following the “same sausage, different length” approach that other automakers tend to use.
Once again, the 5 Series Sedan will spawn a more practical Touring variant (G61) and a long wheelbase sedan (G68) for China, plus the M5 (G90). Interesting report from a trusted source in Bimmer’s post forum claims BMW is bringing back the M5 Touring (G99) and may even be selling it in the United States against the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate and Audi RS6 Avant.
The regular sedan looks set to go into production about a year from now, so look forward to its official debut in the first months of 2023. This long-roofed derivative will hit the assembly line in March 2024, with the M5 Sedan. followed in July of the same year while M5 Touring had a November 2024 SOP.
Beyond the usual petrol and diesel engines – which have been engineered to meet Euro 7 regulations – there will be at least one plug-in hybrid powertrain as this prototype charging port shows. We’ve heard through the grapevine that BMW is planning an M Performance PHEV dubbed the M560e with a combined 565 horsepower. It will be placed below the M5 with a twin-turbo V8 and electric motor that produces up to 750 hp to match the XM.
The pure electric i5 sedan will come out next year with an ICE version and should have a rear-wheel drive base version called the i5 eDrive40. A dual motor, xDrive-equipped i5 xDrive40 is planned, and so is the spicy i5 M50. Nothing is official at this point, but BMW is apparently working on an i5 Touring as well for those who can’t afford the Porsche Taycan Cross/Sport Turismo.
After debuting next year, the Series 5 is expected to get a Level 3 self-driving system in Europe from July 2024.