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With the replacement for BMW's range-topping 7-Series luxury sedan already taking shape, our attention turns to the next 5-Series sport-sedan. UK's Car magazine is featuring details and artist's renderings of what we think is a fairly good projection of what the next 5 might look like. Like other models in the BMW range, the current sedan's "flame-surfacing" styling is met with mixed reviews, and the Bavarian automaker will be toning it down for the next generation, more along the lines of the current 3-Series.

The new car is expected to drop slightly in weight, despite a modest increase in size, thanks to the use of light-weight materials. The high-tech sedan will be loaded with all the electronic goodies, including new electronic damper and active yaw control systems. Engines will include a new generation of reduced-emission diesels and a full range of gas engines all the way up to the 408-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 550i. The next M5 is expected to upgrade the current M5's 550-hp V10, mated to a dual-clutch transmission, arriving in 2010

Given the current 5's all-around dynamic awesomeness, we can't wait for the next one...especially the Porsche-munching M5.

[Source: Car]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      X3 in the front, Lexus ES in the back. Nothing original to see here. Yawn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      BMWs don't look attractive as they did in the past. Nothing new in the front and "i can't get uglier" lights in the back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      when is this thing gonna be out in asia..i heard there is something new coming up in mid 2007
      • 8 Years Ago
      You people must be mentaly challanged to think this is what the new 5 Series is going to look like. It's going to launch in 2009. They're only starting to design it now. This is just an artist's impression (a "remix" of several other existing cars). And the last thing BMW can be blamed with is unoriginality in the last few years. This new design trend of their's (ugly or not) is totally new. That's why it revolted so many BMW traditionalist die hard fans. Anyway these sort of photochoped images are the last place to form an opinion on a new car from.only pictures I'll believe will be spyshots from 2007 or something and official images sent by BMW themselves before the release.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The tails are terrible buick/accord/sonata. The front looks the same minus the mischievous-eye-look headlights.

      Give me a 3-series anyday.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new 3-series looks great!
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's no way that's what it's actually going to look like. They just used stock photos of the M5 and changed it to some fugly thing. Artists always do renditions of future BMWs that never look anything close to what they actually look like.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Maybe 3, 5 and 7 series will all be the same look in increasingly larger sizes. Wouldn't that be NEAT!

      Just like Audi!

      I can't wait!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh yeah!

      Got to love that Impreza-esque tail light shape.

      Anybody remember the 3.0 CSL?

      Come on BMW, where's the passion? Where are the IDEAS?

      This new 5'er is derrivative - at best.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the "artist" who made this should be shot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you like Bangle baroque, go for it. I'm reminded of Japanese cars of decades ago, which "featured" that they called surface interest and was a boondoggle for tooling makers and a headache for body shops. The same with various Chryslers of past years. Long unlamented.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rear end screams KIA!!!!!!!!!!!
      BMW needs to put more passion into their tail-light design. The 3 Series Sedan screams 1990's Hyundai Accent....
      C'mon, stop copying the Koreans light designs.
      The 7 Series and 3 Series coupe is better, but not inspiring.
      BMW's are great cars, but being ugly does effect their appeal.
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