BMW soft­ens the edges

Ex­pect a new 5 for Frankfurt, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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