I live for BMW redesigns, seriously. The new G50 5-Series models were first leaked yesterday in an article by Jalopnik, so, BMW followed up with a full release of the new car.
The 5 Series midsize sedan is the most popular vehicle that BMW currently sells. Since 1972, BMW has sold more than 7.3 million 5-series models, and in 1975 more than 1 million in the U.S. alone, making this an important design change to keep up with its popularity. The newly redesigned 2017 model features new looks, improved performance, and dynamics, new four and six-cylinder engines, the latest iDrive systems, and new and improved technologies.
The new 5-series now closely resembles the rest of BMW’s stable, and even closer to the 7-series. The new car is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model, 0.3 inches wider, 0.6 inches taller. The new car now has LED Adaptive headlights, as standard, that connects with the familiar kidney grille. BMW calls this new design “mature” and “confidently stylish,” but “mature” isn’t something we’d use to describe it, it’s more like “interesting.” The kidney grille is also an active grille, closing and opening the grille when more air is needed or not.
Under the hood, BMW has equipped the new models with some new engine options. BMW has replaced the base 528i model with the 530i, featuring a new 2.0-litre inline-four engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 130 MPH unless you opt for the M package, which ups it to 155. You can also opt for the 540i, which features a 3.0-litre inline-six with 335 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque.
The new 5-series also features BMWs CLAR platform or Cluster Architecture Platform. The new car is also 157 pounds lighter than the outgoing model thanks to more high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. The hood, roof, doors and trunk lid are aluminum.
Moving inside, the 5-series gets features brought down from the 7-series, including gesture control functionality. You can trace your finger in a circle to adjust the stereo volume, swipe your hand to reject calls, or point at the infotainment screen with two fingers to start navigation or skip songs on a playlist.
Safety features include lane departure warning and traffic jam assistance to aid in keep you in your lane and keep you at the proper speed.
Other features available are ambient lighting, massaging seats, 16-way electric power seats, a new adaptive driving mode, a beautiful Bowers and Wilkins surround-sound system with Diamond tweeters, and an M Sport package.
The new models hit dealer lots in February. Expect prices to range between US $50,000 to $54,900. BMW also announced that an electric 530e plug-in and M550i models are to follow in March.