BMW winds back styling

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - LUXURY CARS - Paul Gover

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

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