BMW has revealed its seventh-generation 5 Series which boasts of innovative autonomous technology and the option of a plug-in hybrid when it is expected to go on sale early 2018. The all-new BMW 5 Series will be spacious and will come with greater fuel efficiency.
With the current generation 5 Series witnessing competition from rivals such as Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class, which has gained from its refinement, newer technology and comfort. The new 2017 BMW 5 Series is looking to change that as it will borrow from the innovations experienced in the 7 Series.
The new 5 Series has received cosmetic changes upfront with a new and sleeker headlamps integrated to its trademark kidney grille. The LED lights are adaptive with a 500-metre illumination range which will be available as well.
Externally, the new 5 Series is a lot more complex compared to the current car, with a prominent shoulder line which stretches all the way to the taillights.
The bonnet shut line has been removed, while the new car will come with a choice of 21 exterior paint schemes. The alloy wheel will range from 17 - 20-inches in diameter.
BMW says every aspect of the car was put into scrutiny, be it the lines, or the exterior innovation the level is much more than the current car. It took four years in developing the new 2017 BMW 5 Series.
Inside the new 5 Series, the car benefits from a new chassis - the same basic platform used in the 7 Series except that it does not come with the carbon fibre core.
The car has shed its weight by 70kg with the kerb weight alone. Also, BMW has used aluminium on the body, plus lighter brakes and alloy wheels which make the new 5 Series 30kg lighter.
BMW's new 5 Series also boasts of 50:50 weight distribution making the new car agile.
The company says that the new 5 Series will be like the 3 Series to drive but on the highway, it will drive like the 7 Series.
Since the new 5 Series has new chassis, the dimensions have increased compared to the current generation. The wheelbase is 7mm longer, and the overall length of the car is stretched by 36mm. The car is wider by 6mm and 2mm taller, while the boot space increases by 10 litres to 530 litres.
BMW for the first time will launch a 530e plug-in hybrid version of the new car, which will be part of the recently launched iPerformance line-up.
As for the powertrain of the plug-in hybrid, it will come with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol mill and an electric motor. Together they develop 249bhp and 420Nm of torque.
Among the engines, the most efficient will be the diesel model 520d EfficientDynamics edition. This is powered by an 187bhp 2.0-litre mill mated to an eight-speed auto box. The standard version of the 520d will use the same engine and the only model to get the six-speed manual gearbox.
There is also a powerful diesel mill, 530d which produces 261bhp from the 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds. Both the 520d and the 530d will be available with the xDrive all-wheel drive.
The new 5 Series' petrol engines come in two options: a 248bhp four-cylinder turbo 530i and a powerful 335bhp six-cylinder engine badged 530i and 540i respectively. Both are available with the xDrive all-wheel drive.
The company has added autonomous features with the optional active cruise control, active steering and lane-keeping assistance systems. The new 5 Series at the speed of 210km/h will be able to take control of steering, acceleration, and braking inputs when asked for.
As for the features on the inside the new 5 Series is the 7 Series-inspired dashboard and centre console. A new 10.5-inch touchscreen, which is featured with Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The infotainment system can be controlled through the swivel wheel on the centre console; while the controls to change stereo volume and answering the calls can be operated through gesture control.
One of the significant functions includes the new Parking Assistance which finds empty parking slots. Also, the new Remote Parking System will be able to park the vehicle automatically without anyone behind the steering wheel.
BMW has added a WiFi hotspots for 10 devices, more spacious storage and an inductive phone charging system.
While on the move on the new 5 Series, a boost to refinement with sound absorbers which have been integrated into the headliner and acoustic glass have been added to all the models.
BMW has revealed an exciting and innovative model to take on the rivals. With the plug-in hybrid, the new 5 Series will indeed make the BMW fans a lot more to look for in the sedan.