Earlier, it was allegedly said that the next generation BMW 5 Series will make its world premiere at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, but not at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Now, the BMW Group has started teasing the seventh generation of the 5 Series, hinting of an online reveal that could take place this year.
Going by the images, the 2017 BMW 5 Series is heavily camouflaged surrounded by robotic arms at a fully automated optical measuring cell in the BMW Group facility in Munich. These freely moving robot arms use sensors to create a 3D image of the entire vehicle and generate a data model from the captured data. It comes with an accuracy of less than 100 µm that allows barely visible deviations to be identified at an early stage. Moreover, it will be the first product by the Bavarian company in the world to make use of the technology.
The seventh-gen BMW 5 Series will be based on the CLAR platform same that was first introduced on the new generation 7-Series last year, making it bigger but up to 100 kg lighter with the use of lightweight materials like carbon-fibre in the structure. It will be introduced as a saloon (Codename – G30), an estate (Codename- G31), and a Gran Tourismo (GT) version. Apart from sedan the GT variant will most likely make its way to India.