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