BMW winds back styling
A SOFTER, smoother new BMW 5 Series is heading to showrooms.
Just as the German brand’s 7 Series flagship was eased back last year from the brutality of the 1990s, the upcoming 5 will ease away from the hard edges of the current 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 now used to camouflage every new BMW model.
The car is codenamed the F10 and could be presented as early as the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The biggest change is coming at the front of the 5 Series, where pedestrianimpact regulations will give it a much softer look. But the twin-kidney grille continues and the front overhang will be reduced.
Carparazzi sources say the F10 will have a larger cabin, with the wheelbase stretched by nearly 10 centimetres and the track also widened. The body will only be about two centimetres longer, while height will be cut a fraction.
A new design of 17-inch alloy wheel will be standard, with 18 and 19-inch wheels as optional equipment.
The mechanical package is likely to pick up variations of the existing 5-Series engines, but with tweaking for better economy and emissions.
There is no news yet on the Formula One-inspired V10 fitted to the M5 sedan, or whether BMW is likely to use the hybrid powertrain it is fitting to the X6 SUV in the Five. For more pictures of the 5 Series and more Carparazzi scoops:
TWIST AND SHOUT: The reworked BMW 5 Series will come with softer lines and styling for 2010. Picture: Carparazzi