BMWBlog.com has published spypics claimed to be of the interior of the eagerly anticipated F10 BMW 5-series sourced from the Chinese website Auto.qq.com. Although certain details, such as the steering wheel badge, have been masked, BMW‘s fingerprints are obvious. Though spotting an all-new design, components such as the Start/Stop button, the iDrive controller and the ergonomic gear lever have all been taken from existing Bimmers, in this photographed prototype, at least.
The handbrake lever is noticeably absent, replaced by a electro-operated parking brake switch similar to that found in the new 7-series and Z4. As expected of a car of the 5-series’ class, the rear passenger gets air-con blowers, though we don’t see any noticeable controls at the back. A strange omission at this end of the market.
As of now, the F10 is slated for a 2011 launch. With all the raving reviews Mercedes is getting for the W212 E-class, the F10 needs to be good, and it needs to be very good.
– BMWBlog.com (2011 BMW 5 Series interior nearly revealed)