Spy pictures of the BMW 5 Series SUV taken testing
|   Saturday, February 02, 2013
The first images of the BMW 5 Series have been leaked and although heavily camouflaged, the exterior has been completely modified. The vehicle has been spied testing in the Arctic region and a production ready model is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Although the vehicle is based on totally new dynamics, it is not quite similar to the ergonomics of the E Class.

The external modifications include new bumper design, head and rear lamp design and modification on the existing bodywork.
An additional grille, rear view and side mirrors etc. complete the look and make this 5 Series visually appeasing as compared to its predecessor, although the general body structure has not been modified much. BMW has installed the innovative iDrive multimedia network in the vehicle which has been lifted off the BMW 7 Series.

The vehicle is powered by a 3.0 liter six cylindered petrol engine and the first vehicle to roll out from BMW is the 535i. This vehicle features a 14 BHP increase in power generation, while the power generation of the 540i has been increased to316 BHP. The end of the line BMW 550i is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 petrol engine displacing 444 BHP and this features an additional 43 BHP over its predecessor.

The 5 Series was never meant to be sports friendly and as a result the vehicles are not quite aerodynamic. Standard 18 inch wheels have been installed on the 5 Series while customers can opt for the optional 20 inch sports rim. BMW is not looking for a complete design makeover and as a result the front grille is present on the vehicle.

However, its resemblance to the final production model is not confirmed although people expect the prototype to be the final variant before the production model is officially unveiled. The interior has not been showcased officially although insiders claim that most of the parts have been kept unchanged. The instrument cluster looks neat and the panels have been overhauled, giving the interior a clean and fresh appeal.

Cabin head and leg space is abrupt and the 5 Series can accommodate up to four people with ease. Shoulder space will not be problematic and the vehicle also features adequate boot space. As the final images have not been officially posted, there is confusion regarding the final head lamp structure. People expect it resemble that of the BMW 3 Series although insiders have kept mum on the issue.

BMW has always designed classy vehicles and the 5 Series is one of the most well designed category designed by the German car makers. Mercedes Benz and Audi are on their way to launch their 5 Series rivaling vehicles although the vehicles are not out on the street as of yet. BMW is however tightlipped about the proceedings on the BMW 5 Series sedan and the company expect to unveil the car after the launch of the SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.
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