Spied: 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring sheds more cover

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Slated for 2016 Paris Motor Show debut

As the 2016 Paris Motor Show draws closer, BMW is putting the finishing touches on the all-new 5 Series. Our spies spotted the wagon version, called the Touring in BMW-speak, with significantly less camouflage.

As previously mentioned, the all-new 5 Series has taken a more evolutionary approach for its exterior design. These photos show that it has adapted some elements from the flagship 7 Series sedan with its larger headlights now connected to a wider kidney grill. A closer look reveals a unique lower air intake with its fog lights pushed to the corner of the panel. Also seen here is a large sensor, perhaps for adaptive cruise control or semi-autonomous driving functions. The pre-production car seen here sports a panoramic sunroof as well.

On to its side, it retains BMW's signature 'Hoffmeister Kink, in the third window. There are still similarities to the outgoing model with a defined character line near the window sill and a rocker panel that slightly kinks upwards. Towards the rear, the tailgate has been slightly rounded off, perhaps to boost cargo capacity inside. Its tail lights are a slight departure from the current model with the inner section sweeping upwards instead of downwards.

Internally known as the G31, the 5 Series Touring rides on BMW's latest platform. Called the OKL architecture, it uses a mix of aluminum, magnesium, steel and carbon fiber reinforced polymer. Like the 7 Series, the new 5 Series has Carbon Core technology to lighten its chassis.

At the moment, there are no details surrounding its powertrain options. However, do expect a range of four, six and eight-cylinder turbocharged gas and diesel engines to power the 5 Series lineup. A plug-in hybrid model will eventually join the range. The new 5 Series is likely to follow the new numeric nomenclature meaning the 528i becomes the 530i, the 535i becomes the 540i and so on.

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