BMW softens the edges
Expect a new 5 for Frankfurt, writes PAUL GOVER
ASOFTER, smoother new BMW 5 Series is coming to showrooms. Just as the German brand’s 7 Series flagship was eased back last year from the brutality of the 1990s, the new 5 will move away from the hard edges of the E60 model when it hits the road next year.
The first clear pictures of the 2010 5 Series have emerged from the Carparazzi cameras in Europe, complete with the signature psychedelic swirls used to camouflage every new BMW.
The car, codenamed the F10, could be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The biggest change is at the front, where revised styling and pedestrian-impact regulations will give it a much softer look. The twin-kidney grille continues and the front overhang will be reduced.
Carparazzi sources say the F10 will have a much larger cabin, the wheelbase stretched by nearly 10cm. The body will be about 2cm longer, and height will be cut a fraction.
A new design of 17-inch alloy wheels will be standard; 18 and 19-inch wheels optional.
The mechanical package is likely to pick up variations of the existing engines, but with tweaks for better economy and emissions.
The starting motor is expected to be a 2.5-litre in-line six and the top models will keep a V8.
There is no news yet on the Formula One-inspired V10 fitted to the M5 sedan, or whether BMW is likely to swing the hybrid powertrain it is fitting to the X6 SUV across to the mid-sized Five.