New BMW 5 Series Touring spotted prepping for 2017 launch

We’ve already seen prototypes testing of BMW‘s next 5 Series executive saloon, but now the Touring load-lugger variant as been spied on the road for the first time. It’s expected to arrive in 2017, soon after the saloon is launched.

Although the body is disguised by the usual swirly pattern, you can make out the overall shape of the Audi A6 Avant rival. The design detailing and profile is familiar BMW, indicating an evolutionary step on from the current car’s design rather than a radical rethink. The conservative route would be similar to that followed by the new 7-Series but the squatter appearance and sloping rear window line do hint at a slightly more dynamic look for the new 5. 

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Despite the sleeker back-end, we’re expecting a marginal increase in space overall. But the biggest news is that the seventh-generation car will shed at least 100kg thanks to the use of super-light carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) in the bodywork and chassis. These materials were first used by BMW on the new 7-Series.

The cabin will also move further upmarket, with BMW sources previously telling Auto Express that we can expect first-class autonomous tech, and the use of gesture control to activate interior features. In terms of engines, nothing is confirmed yet but rumours suggest BMW might add three-cylinder petrol and diesels for the first time, alongside four and six-pot units and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

We’ll have more details nearer the launch, but we don’t expect to see the new 5-Series without camouflage until late in 2016.

What do you think BMW should be trying to acheive with the design of its new 5-Series Touring? Let us know in the comments section below…

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