Under the plastic camouflage shown in these Brenda Priddy & Co. spy photos is the next-generation BMW 5 Series, codenamed F10 and set to replace the E60 platform. Expect to see softer lines, more conventional headlights and a cleaner front-end design, say the writers at Edmunds.com.
“New European pedestrian safety standards are expected to drastically alter the design of many European cars for the worse, but BMW will not only maintain its classic twin-kidney grille design, it will reduce the length of the front overhang,” Edmunds says (look closely through the front mesh decoy grille and you can just make out the twin-kidney split).
Underhood, the F10 will likely use variations of existing BMW engines, including a 2.5L straight six, a 4.8L V8, a diesel and possibly some combination of a small displacement turbo V8.
“This 5 Series will use more fluid design along with still more advanced hardware to give it an edge over its increasingly adept competitors,” Edmunds adds.
Source: "2011 BMW 5 Series Review," Edmunds.com