The pictures, obtained by carscoops.com from germancarforum, shows the newcomer, expected to carry the internal designation G30, borrowing heavily from the current 7-series in the styling department, with the same lines and proportions, sloping boot line and rear facia.
Inside, the interior adopts the same layout and switchgear arrangement as the seven, with the centre console angled slightly towards the driver and the freestanding touchscreen display protruding from the dash.
Reportedly set to use BMW's new Cluster Architecture that will see a 100 kg drop in weight over the outgoing F10, the G30 will likely be powered with BMW's current B48 four-cylinder and B58 six-cylinder petrol engines, as well as the B47 and B57 range of turbodiesel units.
M Performance models will make use of the twin-turbocharged N63 V8 doing duty in the current 550i, and the N57S 3.0-litre turbodiesel in the M550d. A plug-hybrid model with the same 2.0-litre engine as the 330e and X5 xDrive40 e will also added while the M5 will feature all-wheel drive for the first time.
Depending on the market, a six-speed manual will be standard with a nine-speed automatic being optional. A revised version of the current seven-speed M-DCT will be the sole option for the M5.
IMAGE sourced from carscoops.com