Everyone expected BMW to work on a new Z4 model, when news hit that they were teaming up with Toyota. No more than a year later it appeared this wasn’t the case, BMW is working on a whole new model called the BMW Z5 2018. It has recently been spied driving in snowy weather, wrapped up in the spirally black-and-white camouflage stickers of course. This sighting ended a period of almost two years of speculating about what was next for BMW.
BMW has not made clear when we can expect the BMW Z5 2018 release, we estimate it will be in the end of 2017 or the start of 2018.
Although the BMW Z5 2018 has only been seen driving camouflaged up till now, we can get a pretty good idea of what the exterior is going to look like.
For starters, an obvious difference is the soft top roof instead of the folding metal roof that the BMW Z4 sports. Overall, it also looks a little longer and wider.
Quite visible on the spy shots is the size of the BMW double kidney grille. The taped off area at least looks a lot larger than the grille on the Z4. The BMW Z5 2018 also appears to have a lower driving position and a longer nose.
The back of the car has been taped off well and doesn’t offer many clues as to what it will look like. The production taillights have not yet been seen and the bumper is hardly distinguishable. What we do see is how similar the trunk lid is to the Z4’s and that the license plate space moves a bit more upwards.
The interior design is actually totally unknown at the moment of writing. Of course, you can expect the basic features every newly released car sports. Things like an infotainment touch screen and a fine sound system. Higher trims might even have the option of a more premium sound system, possibly in cooperation with well-known audio brands such as Bose or Harman Kardon. The steering wheel is probably going to be a sporty type and you might expect some race car pedals.
Leather seating is going to be at least optional, since BMW is a car brand that wants to offer more luxurious options too.
The BMW Z5 2018 will be a convertible vehicle that can carry one passenger besides the driver. That is why we expect the driver and passenger seats to be especially comfortable. Heated seats are at least available for choice.
Since BMW is a European car manufacturer, we are sure they will offer manual transmission. Taking the Z4’s engine into account, we expect the BMW Z5 2018 to feature a turbocharged four cylinder engine. Higher trims will probably feature that same engine with higher performance. The most premium of trims can count on a 3.0 liter six cylinder engine.
We personally hope BMW decides to make the most of their cooperation with Toyota and create a whole new engine. This would really pull the public closer, since a car that looks fast and flashy also needs a terrific engine to match it.
With the tech specifications it is the same story as with the interior. We know nothing but our own speculations. However, there is a vast line of certain technological features that find their way into most newly released cars. This can be either in the standard trim, or in premium packages available on higher trims of the model.
The BMW Z5 2018 is going to feature a touch screen on the centre console, which obviously needs an operating infotainment system. We suspect it will also feature an in-software navigation system. Obviously, there is the standard round of safety features we are sure BMW won’t leave out. Think of rear view camera with parking assist, Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian Detection with Automatic Braking System. Also, Adaptive Cruise Control and Road Sign Assist are present.
Price, reveal and sale date
Prices are unfortunately not made known yet. We expect the BMW Z5 2018 to lightly top the price of the current Z4, since it’s going to be its substitute. Sale date will probably be in late 2017 or early 2018. The car will be revealed at the end of 2016 at one of the European auto shows.
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BMW Z5 2018 spied driving in snowy weather