After a long wait, the German luxury carmaker has finally taken the wraps off its next generation 2017 BMW 5 series. The automobile industry has been discussing about the expected unveiling for long that even got hotter with the leaked images ahead of the official announcement and today the company made it. The new 5 is now lighter but more powerful than its precursor and the credit goes to the heavy usage of aluminum, high-strength steel and magnesium. In India, the premium sedan is expected to hit the automobile market next year.
As far as the looks of the next gen BMW 5 Series are concerned, you won’t notice a much prominent change, which include the headlamps joining the grille making the central up front of the car looks wider. The kidney grille now comes with active slats that get close when required to improve the aerodynamics of the car. The company will also offer the optional M Sport Package that provides air intakes in greater amount on the up front along with a refurbished rear bumper that has trapezoidal exhaust tips. The suspension has also been arched down and the package also includes 19-inch wheels.
The all new 7th generation BMW 5 Series has grown in size with 30.5mm increase in length, 7.62mm gain in width and 15.2mm improvement in the overall height as compared to the current model. The wheelbase too has seen changes and is now 5.08mm broader, thus adding extra leg space for the rear passengers.
According to the official reports, BMW will release the 7th gen 5 series of premium sedan in two engine options where both will be synced to an 8-speed automatic transmission and will come with an optional xDrive all-wheel drive. Among the two, the 530i will have an improvised 2.0-litre turbocharged powermill with 4 cylinders and will be able to churn out a top power of 248bhp alongside a peak torque of 350Nm. This motor will let the car to make a sprint of 100kmph from a standstill in 6-6.2 seconds with xDrive.
The higher variant, that is, 540i, will use a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 engine that can deliver an output of 335bhp and 450Nm of power and torque, respectively. With rear-wheel drive system, the car can cover the mark of 0-100kmph within 5 seconds whereas the same time will reduce to 4.9 seconds with all-wheel drive. These figures are undoubtedly better than the ones delivered by the current 535i model.
The 2017 BMW 5 Series will come with features such as Adaptive Drive System (optional), Traffic Jam Assistant (to give semi-autonomous driving capability) and Active Lane Keeping Assistant. These advanced technologies help the car to maintain its single lane and to cope up with the heavy traffic issues.
2017 BMW 5-Series spied testing
The iDrive 6.0 infotainment system now has gesture control feature that was first introduced on the BMW 7 Series sedan. Many of the features and technologies used in the all new 2017 BMW 5 Series have been taken from its elder sibling.
There is no update on the price and availability of the sedan in international market but when launched it is expected to compete against the likes of Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.