A trio of low-resolution images published on an enthusiast forum have prematurely revealed the brand new 2018 BMW 5 Series a few hours before its official debut.
The next 5 Series’ design is undeniably more evolutionary than revolutionary. Few will be surprised to find out that its front end features a wide, chrome-framed kidney grille and a pair of elongated headlights, styling cues that also define the smaller 3 and the bigger 7. The changes are even more discreet out back.
At first glance, the cabin’s layout is strikingly similar to the outgoing model’s. One of the most notable changes is that the new 5 is available with a configurable digital instrument cluster. The driver-oriented center console and the knob-controlled infotainment screen mounted on top of the dash remain.
What the leaked images — which were originally published on German Car Forums — don’t show is what’s under the skin. BMW promises the 5 will come packed with advanced tech features, notably a few that will allow the sedan to drive itself in certain situations. There’s also a new remote 3D view feature that gives owners extra peace of mind by letting them keep an eye on their car from a distance.
Technical specifications haven’t been leaked, so we’ll have to wait until BMW publishes full details about its newest model to find out what’s under the hood. However, it’s safe to bet that power will be provided by four- and six-cylinder engines also found in the company’s other models. For speed junkies, the range-topping M5 will return with over 600 horses under the hood and available all-wheel drive, though it might lose its manual transmission.
Stay tuned, BMW’s long teasing campaign will end later today when the next 5 Series makes its official debut. We’ll get our first glimpse of the 5 in the metal next month during the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the sedan is expected to go on sale next year as a 2018 model. The lineup will include a station wagon in Europe, but as of writing the chances of seeing the long-roof land on our shores are slim at best.