BMW has finally unveiled the all-new 2017 BMW 5-series and it is more of an evolution than revolution in terms of the changes made to the sedan. After months of spying, the model unveiled may look disappointing if you are searching for cosmetic changes, but what BMW has done translates more in fuel efficiency, better technology, new engines and weight savings.
In the first look itself, there's a lot of design cues borrowed from 3- and 7-series sedans. The standard LED adaptive headlights flow into the traditional kidney grille much like those on the 3 Series. The kidney grille now features active shutters give the new 5-series an aerodynamic advantage and help reduce drag as part of BMW's ever-evolving EfficientDynamics enhancements.
Additionally, a number of active aero bits including the dubbed Air Curtains and Air Breathers, are installed that reduce lift at high speeds as mentioned by the German auto maker. BMW has reduced the weight by up to 65 kilograms, thanks to the body made of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. Surprisingly, the weight loss is done even after the car is made longer, wider, and taller than the 5 Series it replaces.
As for the powerplants, the new 5-series also gets a new set of engines, dubbed the BMW TwinPower Turbo and are a series of modular inline four- and six-cylinder units. The model dubbed as the 530i will get a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that goes from 0-100 kmph in 6 seconds, while the 540i will be equipped with a 3.0-litre, turbocharged six-cylinder engine, with a 0-100 kmph sprint time of 4.9 seconds.
Both the models will be available with xDrive all-wheel drive also and the 0-100 kmph time decreases with the xDrive. The 530i will do the sprint in 5.8 seconds, while the 540i will do it in 4.7 seconds. No manual or V8 options will be available at launch. All the engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that features navigation-assisted shifting, as seen in the Rolls-Royce and its larger 7-Series sibling.
There will be an M Sport package available from launch too, and will feature a number of upgrades over the standard models. The package includes specific aero kit and exterior trim, while the performance upgrades include a lowered suspension and bigger set of wheels and tyres. Inside the cabin, the M Sport models will come with leather steering wheel, pedal covers, as well as some minor trim changes.
As far as the interior of the standard 5-Series is concerned, the sedan will get the BMW's iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with gesture control, voice control, and heads-up display. The system was first seen in the current 7-Series. A 16-speaker, 600-watt sound system from Harman Kardon will give a brilliant sound quality. Also, the interior of the new car will be quieter and more comfortable than ever, thanks to sound-deadening materials and new multi-contour massaging seats.
To give the 5-Series a more comfortable ride, the sedan will feature a double wishbone front suspension with five-link independent rear suspension. The xDrive can be combined with BMW's trick four-wheel steering system, as in the 7 Series. BMW's latest driver assistance and safety equipment including radar cruise control, lane departure warnings, and lane keeping assist will be offered too.
The new 5-series go on sale in February 2017 and the pricing is yet to be revealed by BMW.