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BMW 5-Series: Next E60

pearlpearl Posts: 336
edited March 6 in BMW
a face and fanny "lift" next Spring (to be introduced as an 08 model). Anyone else got any info on this?
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  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I saw a picture a few months back that purports to be of a "lifted" E60. If it turns out to be even remotely accurate, then I will be converted from someone who isn't even remotely fond of the E60 to one who actually likes it. Go figure.

    FWIW, I believe I have the picture at home so of you drop me a private E-Mail, I'll send it to you (assuming that I can find it). ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    Is this it? http://www.leftlanenews.com/wp-content/plugins/iimage-gallery.php?idpost=2741&id- g=1&idi=1

    I like it better than the current version, but I think the rear end looks a bit like a Taurus.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yup, that's it. I still don't like it as much as my E39, but it is WAY better that the unlifted E60 (in my eyes of course). ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • pearlpearl Posts: 336
    Thanks, Shipo...just saw the link above with the magazine cover version of the updated E60. I agree with you - this one could make me trade my E39. It is slightly reminiscent of the new 3 series and eliminates the "stuck on butt" of the current E60, and softens the "eyebrows". I presume this will likely come in 528, 535 and 550 versions with the revised sixes and 4.8L V8. Probably will push 60K for even the "lesser" versions, but no doubt will be a great car. I hope they also take the opportunity to ditch the I-drive while they are at it - that would definitely clinch it for me.
  • srfastsrfast Posts: 138
    The E60 exterior is looking better, but the interior is still too sparse for me. I like my 2003 530i because of the classic lines and even though there are no "real" gauges, there are enough displays and buttons to make the dash & center console look nice.

    Regards...JL
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    If Munich would return to a driver oriented interior, I could see myself in an E60. I wish BMW would adopt a glass cockpit and allow you to choose the displays you want to monitor.
  • jb_shinjb_shin Posts: 357
    I am still not quite taken with E60. I think I actually like the facelifted 7-series better. I am thinking which would make more sense, trade the M5 in and get the new M3 (no more 529 contribution :P ), or turn my M5 into something like (probably for less):

    Crazy M5
  • I agree...the facelifted e60 beats the original e60, but it still has that puffy steroidal look. The earlier generations are just so much more streamlined.

    I also agree about the new 7...I recently came up on one from behind, and while my first impression (from far away) was that it was a bimmer, I didn't really believe it until I got close to it, because my reaction was "oooh what's THAT? I like it!" and I haven't ever liked the 7.
  • jb_shinjb_shin Posts: 357
    The Automobile magazine reported in their latest issue that those pictures posted above (or was it a link?) will be for the E60 replacement model. Then again, magazines don't always get it right.
  • Wide track excitement. . .Pontiac.

    They jus' can't break outta that mold.

    OK OK, I got it, Pontiac is the father and Hyundai is the mother.

    Yechhhh!

    Eye of the beholder.

    Just as I was gettin' used to the current 5. . . . :surprise:
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    When is the next E60 expected? I'd read, somewhere on a BMW thread here, that a facelift was expected in spring 2007 as a 2008 model. But my barber had a car mag (sorry, didn't pay attention to which one) that featured the new 2009 model.
  • The picture of new E60 rear end reminds me of the Hundai Sonata...That is sooooo ugly! The front is like the new 3 series...Nothing special. The current E60 design (original) is still far superior, especially the way the headlights look. The NEW E60 headlights look chopped off at the ends.

    I guess BMW is following the others (Lexus, MBZ, Infiniti) and have the line up of cars all look the same from the smallest to the largest vehicle. Just pick your size. How generic!

    JMHO
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    And the Sonata looks way better IMO. Thankfully those images of the 5-series that have been circulating are only illustrations and don't come from BMW. So let's not get our Fruit of the Looms in a twist just yet.

    I think the exterior styling of the 3-coupe, X5 and 7 are improvements. Maybe the 5 will follow suit.
  • For the price, Sonata is good deal.

    Oh designman, before I continue, let me get the Fruit-O-Loom wedgy out of my cr@ck. LMAO

    As for the:
    3 coupe - bland
    Redesigned x5 - 3 series on stilts, just look at the front end and tail lights
    7 - you got me there, it is pretty nice except for the bland front end, the rear is a nice change.
  • warthogwarthog Posts: 216
    "I guess BMW is following the others (Lexus, MBZ, Infiniti) and have the line up of cars all look the same from the smallest to the largest vehicle. Just pick your size."

    Actually, BMW has done that for years.
  • That is why I like the current 5. It does not fit the mold. Now others are copying it. Look at the Lexus lineup and the Toyota Camry. They now all have the Bangle rump. BMW and MBZ have always been the design leaders. Just hate to see that the whole lineup all look similar.

    JMHO
  • http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/GeneralFuture/articleId=116690

    I think this may happen versus a minor update in '08. Looks like it will get streamlined on the outside and the inside will connect the dash to the rest of the console which are both good things. The E60 has been viewed right from the start as a controversial design as everyone knows and BMW can't wait to bring the 5-series car back into celebrity status like the E39 was to boost sales. I am putting my order on a 535xi :)
  • pearlpearl Posts: 336
    Let's hope that BMW dumps the I-drive while they are at it. They should buy a new Lexus with Gen 5 Nav and copy that, or similar. Perpetuating I-Drive in the face of nearly universal criticism for the past five years would be absurd.
  • BMW sales are up. So they are listening to customers, not to magazine reviewers. Although I am not fan of iDrive, I sometimes feel that magazine reviewers are simply computer-retarded old farts that keep dreaming of the "golden days of their youth".

    Customers vote with money and if sales are up even with weak dollar, mayb BMW is right ignoring c&D and others.
  • achonkoachonko Posts: 51
    "When is the next E60 expected? I'd read, somewhere on a BMW thread here, that a facelift was expected in spring 2007 as a 2008 model. But my barber had a car mag (sorry, didn't pay attention to which one) that featured the new 2009 model".

    The E60 facelift is due to hit show rooms in the Spring of 2007 as a MY 2008.
    The F10, will be sold as MY 2009 in the Spring of 2008.

    "BMW sales are up. So they are listening to customers, not to magazine reviewers. Although I am not fan of iDrive, I sometimes feel that magazine reviewers are simply computer-retarded old farts that keep dreaming of the "golden days of their youth.
    Customers vote with money and if sales are up even with weak dollar, mayb BMW is right ignoring c&D and others
    .

    Most Car critics are not tech savvy, and at best comfortable with Cars that are elemental in nature. The IDrive is perceived to be complex, however I find it simple to use, and my wife also finds it very easy to use as well.
    The design of the 5 series albeit controversial, is modern and stands out from the rest of the traffic. I think the 5 series and the 7 series has revitalised car designs that were otherwise boring.
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