BMW is currently on track to introduce the 2024 5 Series (G60) next year, with this set to be joined by the 2024 M5 (G90). And given the multiple (extreme) directions showcased by recent BMW top dogs (XM PHEV SUV, 7 Series, iX, 2023 M2), fans of the M5 may have a hard time waiting for the Germans to release the new styling. Fortunately, though, it looks like the G90 M5 won’t hit us with a polarizing design. And we’ve brought along a prototype-based indepenebt rednering to highlight this.
The M5 is arguably the world’s most famous performance sedan, appealing to traditionalists and future-oriented enthusiasts alike. And since the next-gen model will pack a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time, it will cater to the needs of both.
The design of the 2024 BMW M5 (G90 sedan and G99 wagon)
Yes, the upcoming generation change will mark the return of the M5 Wagon, following a hiatus of over a decade—the E61 Touring was discontinued in 2010.
Codenamed G99, the family-friendly version of the 2025 M5 is expected to come to the U.S., thus making up for the fact that the M3 Touring hasn’t made it across the pond.
Unlike in the case of the long-roof model, we’ve seen plenty of test vehicles for the next M5 sedan. Now, this rendering coming from digital artist Nicolas Cavero (aka Future Cars Now) uses an older test vehicle as a base.
However, we’ve added some spy photos of a more recent prototype (lens tip to Wesley Steenbergen, aka tekjgg), which only seems to confirm the styling showcased in the digital work.
The top clue here seems to come from the production headlights sported by the second prototype. And not only will the next-gen 5er and M5 stay away from the split light clusters of the 7 Series, but the former also seem like they will sport regular-sized kidney grilles. All in all, the styling won’t be a massive departure compared to the current 5-Series and M5.
Moving on to the profile of the G90 M5, we notice the generous fenders differentiating the super-sedan from the standard G60 5 Series, as well as the flush door handles.
As for the posterior, the provisional taillights are still present on the newer test car, which was spotted at the Nurburgring earlier this month. However, we can notice the quadruple exhaust tips that all-out M models (as opposed to M Sport machines) have accustomed us to.
The interior of the 2024 BMW M5
Regarding the cabin, the 2024 BMW M5 will sport a super-sized curved display, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central infotainment screen—iDrive 8 will be on board.
As with the fresh G87 M2, the G90 M5 is set to offer optional carbon seats up front.
Big changes in the powertrain department
Unlike in the case of the design, the tech side of the next 5-Series and M5 is expected to bring a revolution. For one, the rumor mill suggests that the M model will be the only one retaining the V8 architecture, with the rest of the range being topped by six-cylinder engines.
Even the M550i xDrive should see its 4.4L V8 retiring. Instead, the M Performance model could be animated by the same powertrain as the larger M760e xDrive. We’re looking at a plug-in hybrid mixing a 3.0L straight-six with an electric motor for a total output of 563 hp. So perhaps the M550i xDrive nameplate itself will be axed in favor of a model dubbed M560e xDrive.
As for the M5, this should borrow the plug-in hybrid powertrain of the recent XM SUV, which means we can expect up to 750 hp—please note the “electrified vehicle” sticker on the prototype.
And while the electric hardware will make the M5 heavier (hey, the 2023 M2 is almost at the same weight as the M4), the added power and instant e-torque will improve its performance numbers. And with the XM expected to deliver about 31 miles (50 km) of all-electric driving range, the 2024 M5 should follow suit—yep, you’ll get to roll in silently in your M5, if you so desire.
Speaking of which, another first will be the all-electric iteration of the 5 Series. Named i5, this will share the modular platform of the combustion model.