Not too long after spying the first prototypes of the upcoming G60-generation BMW 5 Series, our spy photographers have been able to get a better look at the new car’s interior.

    Like numerous upcoming BMWs, including the BMW i4 and iX, it features a ‘curved dash’.

    Those cars use a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display situated in one, wraparound housing, and the spied 5 Series looks to have the same set-up.

    The prototype has a steering wheel design that’s new to the BMW brand and features BMW iX-style buttons.

    Its three-spoke design and flat-bottomed shape is a classic BMW aesthetic, but this steering wheel appears to have piano black touch-sensitive buttons, like the Volkswagen Golf Mk8, instead of the matte buttons seen on current BMW steering wheels.

    There are also more pronounced, BMW iX-style metallic volume and cruise control dials, with the media dial on the right-hand side looking very much like a Tesla Model 3 scroll wheel.

    In the centre console it appears this 5 Series prototype has the same gear-shifter nub and rotary iDrive controller as the BMW iX as well, although without the open-pore wood and crystal-looking finishes.

    Pictured: 2022 BMW iX interior

    It’s uncertain what BMW is planning to do with the area camouflaged by a felt flap under the infotainment screen.

    One option is under the flap there could be a separate climate control unit, or more likely the flap is hiding air vents that are similar in style to those of the BMW iX.

    There’s a small cutout in the felt camouflage flap that appears to be for some buttons. In the iX this is where the hazard lights button is located.

    On the outside, the 5 Series prototype appears to be wearing the same level of camouflage as the prototypes we’ve previously seen.

    Design-wise, this new generation of 5 Series looks more coupe-like than the current model, with a fastback shape.

    It’s likely the next-generation 5 Series will offer a choice of internal-combustion, plug-in hybrid and all-electric power as part of BMW’s Power of Choice strategy.

    This all-electric 5 Series is expected to be called the i5, like its 4 Series-based i4 sibling.

    It’ll compete against the Tesla Model S and upcoming Audi A6 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQE sedans.

    One potential electric powertrain option is the dual-electric motor setup from its iX xDrive40 sibling that produces a total system output of 385kW of power and 765Nm of torque.

    The current-generation BMW 5 Series has been on sale since 2016 and was facelifted in 2020. This next-generation model isn’t expected to debut until 2023 or 2024.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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