Besides the 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid Prototype, BMW also showed a new prototype based on the 5-Series GT that features Power eDrive plus TwinPower Turbo technology. According to BMW, this technology aims to increase overall efficiency and the dynamism of upcoming hybrid vehicles.
Power eDrive electric drive system will deliver approximately two thirds of the vehicle’s combined output, while the remaining third will be generated by the TwinPower Turbo internal combustion engine.
What’s surprising is that the future hybrid system will deliver combined outputs in excess of 670 hp (500 kW) and up to 1,015 Nm (750 lb-ft) of torque, while the capacity of the lithium-ion batteries will be up to 20 kilowatt hours.
The electric range will also be increased to up to 100 km (62 miles). On the upcoming plug-in hybrid concepts, the main source of power for everyday driving will be the electric motor and will drive the rear wheels, while the second electric motor will drive the front wheels.
This means that the vehicles will get an all-electric road-coupled all-wheel-drive system. Meanwhile, the internal combustion engine will be also be sued to power the front wheels.
Sporty elegance is the notable trait of the 5-Series Sedan and Touring. Their designs get definition from the unique BMW dimensions produced by an elongated bonnet, lengthy wheelbase, shortened overhangs, and recessed passenger area. In the front, added contour outlines for the kidney grille edges and the reconfigured lower air inlet emphasise the car's sporty look. Every all-new BMW 5-Series comes standard with xenon headlights.
Along with LED fog lights as an option are adaptive LED headlamps. Both dipped and main beams come from LEDs set on lateral ribs in the middle of the two light rings, levelled off at the bottom.
Arching chrome inserts engraved with BMW lettering insert finishing touches to the distinct and extraordinarily high-class look of the adaptive LED headlamps. The side signal lights are now within the exterior mirrors on every new BMW 5-Series model. And the Sedan and Touring have newly configured rear lamps with especially slender and attractively shaped LED light strips. These and an added crease along the rear apron accentuate both models’ wide tracks.
All-new BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo: forceful front presence, dynamic rear elegance
The 5-Series Gran Turismo blends trademark BMW dimensions with an inventive body concept. The elegant, stretched coupé roofline, frameless windows on four doors, and a high-opening tailgate radiate sporty intentions. They also offer lavish comfort for long distances as well as comprehensive variability. Meticulously targeted enhancements to the vehicle design highlight its unmistakable personality even more, meeting the highest benchmarks across a very broad spectrum.
A new air vents highlight the powerful front-end presence of the 5-Series Gran Turismo. The tailgate, on the other hand, extended rearwards, gives the roofline's shift to the rear an even more congruous look. All this lets the vehicle create a low-slung and vividly stretched posture. These sharp contours also had a positive impact on the boot size of the new 5-Series Gran Turismo, increasing by 60 litres to 500 litres.