Say hello to the angular rear end of the next-generation BMW 5 Series.

    Having teased the electric i5 sedan yesterday, BMW has been caught rolling the 5 Series down the production line by cochespias.

    The new sedan features angular tail lights with an LED signature that builds on what you get in the current 7 Series. Current BMW staples such as the C-pillar design and flat, lift-up door handles feature on the car pictured.

    It’s not clear whether this is a petrol-powered 5er or the electric i5 that’ll launch alongside it.

    BMW hasn’t officially locked in launch timing just yet, beyond the global press team confirming the first launches for the i5 electric sedan will take place in October in some markets.

    But CarExpert understands the car is on track to hit local showrooms before the end of 2023, with its petrol-powered 5 Series following close behind it.

    Set for reveal in the coming months, the i5 will take on the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan, along with the Genesis Electrified G80, the Tesla Model S and upcoming Audi A6 e-tron.

    The i5 sedan and wagon will sit alongside the petrol- and diesel-powered 5 Series in BMW showrooms, with a similar design – just like the i4 sits alongside the 4 Series, but features unique wheels, detailing, and grilles.

    Under the skin, the i5 rides on a version of the CLAR platform that will also underpin the petrol 5er, and forms the base for the i4 and iX electric cars.

    BMW has confirmed it will offer a longer-range, less-powerful i5 eDrive40 with rear-wheel drive, and an all-wheel drive M60 xDrive flagship.

    How much power they’ll offer isn’t yet clear; the iX xDrive40 makes 240kW and 630Nm, while the M60 pumps out 455kW and 1100Nm.

    Rear-wheel steering, active anti-roll technology, and a fully active suspension setup will be offered. BMW promises it will blend “ride comfort approaching BMW 7 Series levels with the sporting agility familiar from the BMW 3 Series”.

    It’ll also feature a new active driver assist suite. In some markets, the highway driving assistant is capable of acceleration, braking, and steering at up to 130km/h.

    An interior camera means when the driver looks at the relevant exterior mirror, the car will make a lane change in that direction if it’s safe.

    Production of the new i5 and 5 Series will start in Dingolfing, Germany in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer ahead of first global deliveries in October 2023.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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