While official pictures and tech specs aren't set for release until later this month, BMW
has created an innovative "kinetic sculpture" (video)
that at least shows off the profile of its upcoming mid-size luxury sedan
. On November 23 at 8:00 PM CET, BMW plans to replace it with the live-stream reveal of this new car
, which has been developed under the code name F10. Nearly undisguised prototypes of the new 5 Series recently spotted testing here in the U.S. show it to be a slightly larger package than the current model, and one that shares a good deal of the styling flavor seen in BMW's flagship 7 Series. Like the recently introduced GT model, this sixth-generation 5 Series also is based on a scaled-down version of the 7 Series' platform architecture and incorporates a number of its premium interior design cues. Despite a mini growth spurt, more effective use of high-strength steel and aluminum promises to keep its curb weight in check. Expect the new 5 Series to offer conventional in-line six and V8 power as well as a possible ActiveHybrid variant. About a year after initial launch, a next-gen M5 will join the lineup, trading its current V10 engine for a cleaner and more fuel-efficient twin-turbo V8. The new 5 Series is slated to formally bow in at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and go on sale shortly thereafter.