Friday, January 23, 2009

2010 BMW 5-Series Touring - Spy Shots

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 fellows at MotorAuthority and Global Motors are the ones responsible for bringing us some of the few 2010 5 Series Wagon shots we have seen so far.

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.




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