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Report: BMW's next-generation 5-Series may debut in 2017

Report: BMW's next-generation 5-Series may debut in 2017 image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW | posted May 08, 2015 11:35

Next-gen BWM 5-Series to weigh 100kg less, will get remote parking assist

BMW's midsize executive sedan will reportedly come out in two years time, will weigh less than the outgoing model and will also borrow autonomous parking technology from the 7-Series full-size sedan.

According to AutoExpress UK, a company source has told them that the automaker originally planned to release the new 5-Series next year but pushed it back to 2017 instead. The source did not disclose the reason/s of the delay but stated that it will be the most technologically-advanced sedan in its class.

Further details have also come out wherein the next-gen 5-Series may also weigh 100 kg lighter than the current generation F10 thanks to supposed use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) construction.

Other features that will also reportedly be present in the new 5-Series is autonomous parking technology where the car can park itself without the assistance of a driver and a gesture control function that can adjust the multimedia system and for answering Bluetooth calls.

Beyond that, BMW will also introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the midsize sedan which will sit alongside standard gasoline-powered and diesel-driven variants. There are also rumors that the automaker may also fit the new 5-Series with TwinPower Turbo inline-three engines though no official statement has come out of BMW yet.

Note: Pictured above is the current generation BMW 5-Series F10

Source: AutoExpress UK