Back to our spy photos coverage and today we have the 2010 BMW 5 Series Wagon being tested around Munich. Just a few days ago, we posted the bumper leak of the next 5er, followed shortly by some photoshoped images of the front-end.
The test mule looks similar to the sedan version we have seen in the past, but recently we learned more about the next generation 5 Series design. We know that the mirrors and the handles on the 2010 5-Series are the same as the ones on the F01 and the front-end will resemble a little bit the the now canceled BMW CS Concept.
The 2010 BMW 5 Series is rumored to use the same six cylinder twin-turbo engine found in the 535i model. The high-end model will most likely get the V8 twin-turbo 4.0 liter engine -407hp, that powers the BMW X6 xDrive50i and it will feature an eight-speed automatic transmission with an all-wheel drive option being available. The entry level models in Europe will be the BMW 520i - 204 hp and 525i - 235 hp.
A high-end diesel engine will be available as well, most likely in the 535d version, an engine outputting 299 hp. The entry level diesel is the BMW 520d - 177 hp. The transmission systems will include a six-speed manual and a six-speed Steptronic semi-auto gearbox.
BMW's goal for the new 2010 BMW 5 Series was to decrease weight in order to increase performance, so the car uses lightweight materials including carbon-fiber and aluminum.
According to MotorAuthority, "the car's construction will be a hybrid of an aluminum spaceframe for the front section, and a traditional steel monocoque for the passenger compartment and rear. This will ensure a favorable front-to-rear weight distribution and improved handling. Up front will be an independent suspension with MacPherson struts, with a multi-link layout for the rear. High-performance models will include carbon-fiber body panels to shed even more weight."
We expect to see the new 5 Series Wagon sometimes in the second half of 2010, just a few months after the sedan launch.