Selasa, 03 Desember 2013

Future Cars: 2016 BMW 5-Series

The all-new seventh-generation BMW 5-series has been spotted testing for the first time.

These intial road-going prototypes reveal that development on the new 5-series has advanced beyond the initial computer simulation phase. The new executive contender is slated for sale in the UK by the end of 2016.

The mid-range model has been comprehensively redesigned for its 44th year of production with a sophisticated new platform, a wider choice of petrol, diesel and hybrid powerplants and new 48-volt electrical architecture.

While the heavily clad mules pictured here provide few clues as to the look of the new 5-series, BMW bosses say it will adopt a sleeker appearance than today’s model, with clear influences from the Gran Lusso CoupĂ© concept shown at Ville d’Este in April.

As durability testing begins on public roads, the car’s aero properties are also being trialled on full-scale models in a state-of-the-art wind tunnel at BMW’s Munich R&D centre.

Unconfirmed reports suggest entry-level versions of the next 5-series saloon will boast a Cd of 0.24, bettering the 0.25 figure of today’s 520i (on standard 225/55 R17 tyres) and the latest Mercedes-Benz E-class, which is itself set to be succeeded by an all-new model in 2016.

As with today’s hugely successful sixth-gen model, BMW is readying the new 5-series in saloon, Touring and GT body styles — the latter being set to retain its liftback design and continue to ride on an extended-wheelbase platform shared with the Chinese-market 5-series.

The new car’s sophisticated platform is known under the internal codename OKL (Oberklasse, or ‘luxury class’). It has been conceived to underpin all high-end BMW models that use a longitudinally mounted engine, including future 5, 6 and 7-series models.

Various facets of the new platform will also be seen in future generations of the X5, X6 and long-mooted X7, a range-topping SUV that’s set to challenge the likes of the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL and upcoming Bentley Falcon, according to sources involved in developing the 5-series.

The new platform’s structure has been designed to support a range of wheelbases as well as different track widths, providing increased production flexibility. It uses a combination of aluminium, hot-formed high-strength steel and composite carbonfibre parts to reduce weight below the 1595kg mark of the six-speed manual version of today’s 520i saloon, while bettering it for rigidity. 

Thanks to: Autocar

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