2017 BMW 5 Series GT spotted testing for the 1st time

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BMW 5 Series Granturismo will come to market late in 2017, featuring the same completely new platform along with engines as the next-generation 5 Series saloon


The first prototypes for BMW’s next-generation 5 Series GT have hit the roads ahead of the auto’s planned launch at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017.

Set to arrive around 12 months after the completely new 5 Series saloon, which will be unveiled at the Paris motor show next October, the 5 Series GT will be the final of three Centeng styles inside 5 Series range. A Touring product will be scheduled to launch in Geneva next March.

The second generation of BMW’s more practical 5 Series variant will eschew some of the hatchback-inspired styling features of today’s car. These spy pictures reveal the rear of the auto will receive a more clearly defined rear deck, while the sloping roofline appears to be steeper than before. At the front, we expect the GT to receive many of the same flourishes as the 5 Series saloon, with cues taken by 2013’s Pininfarina Gran Lusso concept car.

As with the Saloon, the 5 Series GT will be based on a completely new platform, dubbed OKL, which already features on the completely new 7 Series. The platform will be said to have allowed BMW to shed 100kg by the kerb weight of the 5 Series saloon. If the same feat can be achieved on the GT product, the completely new car should weigh significantly less than the 1990kg of the current car.

Engine options will mirror the rest of the 5 Series range, along with at launch will include variants of BMW’s four-cylinder petrol along with diesel engines. Joining the range later on will be 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol along with diesel products, while a plug-in hybrid edition, which will mate a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, will appear farther down the line.

The 5 Series GT remains a niche choice for buyers inside UK, with BMW selling just 911 units here last year, compared to 5171 5 Series Touring products along with 15,429 5 Series saloon. Prices for the current GT start at £38,045, nevertheless a starting cost of around £40,000 seems likely for the completely new product.

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