The next generation of BMW 5-series will reportedly offer a lot of surprises and opportunities for everyone. The Munich carmaker hasn’t revealed its precise plans yet, but we know that something impressive will be shown for us the next year. They say it may become a new revolution in the BMW bestselling lineup history.
The car will be built on the new platform known as “Oberklasse” (premium/luxury class). 2016 BMW 550 will resemble a present model by the dimensions and will be 16 feet long and 6 feet wide. Though, the carbody total weight will be significantly reduced (for about 100 kg) comparing to the current generation due to the mix of materials used for its production (aluminum, high-strength steel, and carbon fiber). That will make a performance rate super strong, especially when paired to a fuel-friendly 6-cylinder 2.0L/3.0L turbocharged engine or a V3 diesel engine that can produce about 345 hp. Rumors claim that the hybrid versions consisting of 2.0L engine and 94hp electric motor will be offered too. The gearbox is expected to be standard – a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic one. The all-wheel variant is to be revealed at once.
For the most part, 2016 BMW 550 appearance will be almost the same as the current version. However, its both bumpers as well as a kidney-shaped grille and head/taillights will be slightly changed. The two pairs of lights will become longer and sleeker to give a more aggressive look to the car. The rear window will be flatter than before while the door handles will be all-new. They say its look will be influenced by the Vision Connected Drive concept or Gran Lusso Coupe concept using the rounded corners for better aerodynamics.
The interior part of the model will be filled with up-to-date equipment and gadgets, such as touchscreen controlling and gesture controlling, USB ports, navigation system, semi-autonomous driving system, 3D stereo camera for safe driving, a complete set of airbags and other elements for passengers’ comfortable and safe accommodation. The high-quality leather with be used for seats trim. Though, in general it will stay classical BMW-like styling to fit the status of a luxuries automobile.
Availability and Price
A new sedan is expected to be released on the market somewhere in the mid-summer of 2016 or so, but the official date hasn’t been announced yet. Its adversaries incorporate Audi A6, Lexus GS 350, and Infinity Q70. The experts value 2016 BMW 550 around $57,000, i.e. a bit higher that the current model.