The all-new Seventh-Generation BMW 5 Series
BMW just unveiled the all new 2017, seventh generation 5 Series midsize executive luxury sedan. 5 Series stand tall on its laurels. One can easily judge the popularity if this sporty executive sedan as a staggering 7.6 million BMW 5 Series cars were sold across the globe since its inception in 1972.
It wouldn’t be surprising to know that what new tech levels BMW achieved with the new 5 Series. Back in May 2016, Mercedes-Benz already launched its direct archrival the 10th generation E-Class, which can confuse you with the top tier S-Class.
Moving from F10 platform designation to G30, the seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series will also be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Lower Bavaria. Production of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan will ramp up before the end of the year, ready for market launch in early 2017.
“The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series points the way into the future, as we have defined it with our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. We see technological leadership, emotionally rich products, and digitalisation as essential factors in achieving success. With the expansion of our model portfolio in the large-vehicle classes, we are satisfying the wishes of many customers. I’m in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically, but also have huge emotional appeal. It remains the epitome of the business sedan,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
BMW has heavily applied the usage of its newly developed ‘BMW EfficientLightweight’ design concept, with increased use of aluminum and high-strength steels, reduces the weight of the 5 Series Sedan by up to 100 kilograms from that of its predecessor. Introduced earlier for the new 7-Series, the CLAR (Cluster Architecture), the newly designed chassis, a low center of gravity, BMW’s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned. Various chassis options such as Integral Active Steering, which can now be teamed with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, add further talents to a dynamics-focused overall package designed to ensure the BMW 5 Series once again stands at the top of its class. The drag coefficient of the new, 4,935 millimetre-long BMW 5 Series Sedan (Cd = 0.22 at its most efficient) sets the benchmark in its class.
The Rise of the Automated Driving
A wealth of assistance systems are on hand in the new BMW 5 Series to offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic and monotonous stretches of motorway. To this end, it is fitted as standard with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. New features in the BMW 5 Series alongside the evasion aid and Crossing traffic warning are the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs.
The BMW 5 Series also takes another step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and Lane keeping assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions, which the optional Intelligent Speed Assist communicates to the cruise control system (the driver can adjust this figure by +/– 15 km/h / 9 mph). From rest to 210 km/h (130 mph), the car can relieve the driver of acceleration, braking and steering duties, as desired. The intelligent Auto Start Stop function now adjusts its responses to the route and traffic conditions and therefore offers even greater driving comfort.
Gesture up, the Man-Machine Tech
The new BMW 5 Series is equipped with the latest-generation iDrive system. In the top specification, it displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen.
The system can be operated using the iDrive Controller, or by voice command and the new hand gestures indications. Should you don’t like the in-the-air, subliminal commands, of course touching the display controls directly, will do the same job.
The latest-generation full-colour BMW Head-Up Display has a projection surface that is 70 percent larger than before and displays traffic signs, telephone listings, radio stations, music tracks, navigation instructions and warnings from the assistance systems.
G30 G-Series brings the next levels of on-board comfort are extended storage options, increased legroom for rear-seat passengers and comfort seats with massage function, not to mention innovative seat operation using touch sensors and four-zone climate control complete with ionization and discreet air fragrancing. Special Synergy Thermoacoustic Capsule (SYNTAK) engine encapsulation technology, the acoustic glazing for the windscreen and the acoustic headliner bring about another noticeable reduction in noise levels inside the car. All headlight variants specified for the BMW 5 Series Sedan come as standard with LED technology. Available as an option are Adaptive LED Headlights with variable light distribution including adaptive roundabout lights and BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high-beam with a range of up to 500 meters.
Advanced Internet link-up.
The new BMW 5 Series also offers a compelling proposition in terms of connectivity. Extensive BMW ConnectedDrive features are joined by new services which lavish business travelers with extra comfort and save them time. These include the new ParkNow technology for digital parking space reservation and payment, the On-Street Parking Information intelligent parking space search function and the optional Parking Assistant, which detects empty spots and parks the vehicle automatically.
Plus, the Microsoft Exchange service now enables Microsoft Office 365 users to sync emails, calendar entries, and contacts and edit them inside their car. Meanwhile, the optional Remote Parking system allows the BMW 5 Series Sedan to be maneuvered into even the tightest parking spaces remotely using the car key. And smartphone integration has been further improved – from Apple CarPlay (which, in a first for a carmaker, has been incorporated fully wirelessly), to inductive phone charging and the WiFi hotspot for up to ten devices.
The M Car
Here is the new powerpack 5 Series 550i which is not an M5 sedan but it is carrying the M badge that also representative of the M-Sport package. The important thing here to be noticed is that new G30 2017 M550i is faster than the outgoing proper M5!
BMW M550i xDrive: Eight-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Output: 340 kW/462 hp at 5,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) from 1,800 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 4.0 s.
Fuel consumption, combined: 8.9 l/100 km (31.7 mpg imp).
CO2 emissions, combined: 204 g/km
Powertrain Lineup at Glance
BMW 530i/BMW 530i xDrive: Four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Output: 185 kW/252 hp at 5,200 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 6.2 s (6.0 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 5.4 l/100 km [52.3 mpg imp] (5.7 l/100 km [49.6 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 126 g/km (133 g/km).
BMW 540i/BMW 540i xDrive: Six-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Output: 250 kW/340 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) at 1,380 – 5,200 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 5.1 s (4.8 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 6.5 l/100 km [43.5 mpg imp] (6.7 l/100 km [42.2 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 150 g/km (156 g/km).
BMW 520d/BMW 520d xDrive: Four-cylinder diesel engine, six-speed manual gearbox/eight-speed Steptronic transmission (xDrive: eight-speed Steptronic transmission).
Output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 7.7 s/7.6 s (7.6 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.1 l/100 km [68.9 mpg imp] / 4.0 l/100 km [70.6 mpg imp] (4.2 l/100 km [67.3 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 108 g/km / 107 g/km (112 g/km).
* Fuel consumption figures were calculated according to the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Figures for BMW xDrive in brackets
Model variants from March 2017.
BMW 530d/BMW 530d xDrive: Six-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Output: 195 kW/265 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 5.7 s (5.4 s).
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.5 l/100 km [62.8 mpg imp] (4.7 l/100 km [60.1 mpg imp])*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 118 g/km (125 g/km).
Model variants from March 2017.
BMW 530e iPerformance: Four-cylinder petrol engine plus BMW eDrive electric drive system (plug-in hybrid), eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
System output: 185 kW/252 hp at 4,460 – 6,500 rpm.
Maximum system torque: 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) at 1,450 – 4,000 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 6.2 s.
Electric range: 45 km*.
Fuel consumption, combined: 2.0 l/100 km (141.2 mpg imp)*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 46 g/km.
BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition: Four-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) from 1,750 rpm.
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [62 mph]): 7.5 s.
Fuel consumption, combined: 3.9 l/100 km (72.4 mpg imp)*.
CO2 emissions, combined: 102 g/km.
* Fuel consumption and range figures are provisional and calculated according to the EU test cycle. Figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified.