• Jul 10, 2009
2010 BMW 5 Series - Click above for a high-res image gallery

The 2010 BMW 5 Series is due to hit the market early next year and these latest spy shots are a clear, if predictable, indication of what styling changes are on their way.

The front fascia adopts the upright nose, elongated twin-kidney grille and contoured headlamps (Dame Edna be gone!) originally shown on the 2009 7 Series, while the rear takes on a set of similarly styled tail lamps and looses the Bangled rump we've come to know and loathe.

The overall effect should tie in well with the recently revealed BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, and expect similar powertrain options to be available, including the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, 3.0-liter inline-six and a host of diesel options offered abroad. Transmission choices will likely include a six-speed manual and an all-new eight-speed gearbox supplied by ZF. And then there's the 2011 M5 to look forward to.

Expect the next M-fettled 5er to pack the X6 M/X5 M's tweaked twin-turbo'd eight nestled within a revised chassis sure to use considerable amounts of aluminum and carbon fiber. It's obvious that development of the next 5 is well underway, and we wouldn't be surprised to see it unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, with the M5 appearing later in 2010.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yikes. That rear end honestly looks terrible.
      I will reiterate that the 1 and 3 Series are the only cars BMW has that are class-leaders, and even then the 3 has a stiff competitor in the form of the Infiniti G. The 5 is outdone by the M-B E-Class, Jaguar XF, and Acura RL among others, the 7 by the S, (new) XJ, and Audi A8 (which, incidentally, is over 5 years old), the X3 by the RDX, EX, Q5, and Volvo XC60, and the X5 by the MDX among others. I wouldn't be surprised if the ZDX managed to beat out the X6 in everything but some areas of driving dynamics.
      See, BMW has lost its way with luxury completely and they aren't the definitive leaders on sport vehicles like they once were. Furthermore, many owners I know own BMWs that happen to be rather unreliable. So yes, BMW is now solely for 1 and 3 Series drivers and badge snobs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      am i the only one who thinks that this 5 looks too much like an enlarged 3?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering that the N54 motor is putting out 135hp per liter with minimal mods I would think the same tuners (Dinan,Procede,etc) I would think that a 550i with 550+hp should be easy to accomplish. That would be sweet, especially considering the future M5 will probably keep the $30k or so premium over the 550...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please hire me to proofread your articles before you post them. I promise I'd only charge a modest fee.

      "...while the rear takes on a set of similarly styled tail lamps and looses [sic] the Bangled rump we've come to know and loathe."

      In what way does the rear "loose" its rump? I think the word you were looking for was "loses." I certainly don't think you intended to draw to the reader's mind ways in which a rump can be loosened. I could be wrong, I suppose.
      • 5 Years Ago
      PLEASE don't look like the current 7!! It did not get any better A.B. (After Bangle). The taillights are shapeless lumps, the front is too fat and flat. Dame Edna won't be missed, but Oprah isn't welcome either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree. AND that front looks like a dog nose!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yawn.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I second that Yawn.

        I remember how exciting the current 5 was when it came out. So much for creativity.

        I really hope the new crop of American metal is promising b/c I'm quickly becoming disillusioned with the Germans and I have loved them so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I honestly can say that BMW is nothing more than a overrated German Sedans with some serious reliability problems... I don't know how they got to this point... makes me sad =(
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^Definitely. After seeing Jaguar's XJ interior, I can't help but think BMW's idea of "luxury" is all but bland
        • 5 Years Ago
        German luxury car with reliability problems?
        Wouldn't that be Mercedes models from the late 90's onwards?
        I know some people who have both (a BMW and a Mercedes) and the Mercedes was usually the one that gave them some problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't BMW cares much about 'luxury'. May be in the 7 series. After all, it's punch-line is 'The Ultimate Driving Machine'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've driven BMW's, I do think they are fun to drive and probably the most fun to drive non super car. As for being "light years" ahead, I don't know about that.... I think the competition has mad huge strides in that category while BMW has improved but nowhere close to enough to stay as ahead of the rest as they used to be.
        They really aren't that much more ahead anymore in the fun/sports category, their definition of luxury could use some rethinking also...

        But yes, BMW's are currently still the most fun non supercar to drive IMO, but the question is for how long?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah... I know BMW owners, Honda owners, etc... the guys who own the Bimmers don't complain any more than the rest of the owners. I seriously don't get the posts about how horrendous the reliability is. Maybe everyone I meet gets a reliable car? How lucky.

      I can't make a serious comment with all the swirls on the car. How can you honestly say it's going to be ugly with all that nasty on the surface. Maybe if it was a matte black cover, but those swirls are going to hide body lines, curves, etc..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks better than the current 5 series, which isn't saying much since the current one is the ugliest 5-series ever made.

      That said, not fond of the lower grill that stretches all the way across the bumper, like the new 7 series. Guess it'll take an M car to fix that. Otherwise it seems like an inoffensive, clean design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody notice that they even camouflaged the emblems on the wheels? As if those double kidney nostrils left any doubt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like it's going to be a larger version of the current 3er. Which is a GREAT thing. Hopefully it lands somewhere in between the e90/e92 and the new 7er.

      Also, this whole concept of "knowing and loathing" the bangle butt on the current 5er is nonsense. I LOVE the rear end of the current car. Ever notice how the character line down the side runs into the break between the red and white in the taillights? It's perfect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So far, I hate it.
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