Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2016

BMW 5-Series Sedan Will Be Launched In February Of 2017

BMW’s new 7th generation 5 Series will have innovative autonomous tech and the option of plug-in hybrid technology when it arrives in UK showrooms in February 2017. The new model is more evolution than revolution, though changes run more than skin deep. All new engines, more tech, weight savings, and better fuel efficiency are all in store for BMW’s latest sedan.

It’s expected to be priced from around £33,000, with a more practical Touring estate model scheduled to join the range later next year, Auto Express got up close with the new executive model at the company’s HQ in Munich.

BMW 5 Series Design:

The new car has the strange hockey stick line that’s seen on the 7 Series, though less aggressive, also standard LED adaptive headlights which flow into the traditional kidney grille like those on the 3 Series. The ever-present Hofmeister kink is still there, with most other modern BMW touches.

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BMW 5 Series

That kidney grille now features active shutters to help reduce the drag as part of BMW’s ever-evolving Efficient Dynamics enhancements. The whole car is also outfitted with a number of active aero bits, and dubbed Air Breathers and Air Curtains, to help keep the air moving through and around the car. The automaker says that the enhancements also reduce lift at high speeds.

BMW 5 Series Interior:

The interior of the 5 Series features a number of upgrades, and most notably BMW’s iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with voice control, gesture control, and heads-up display. This is the same sys used in the current 7 Series. The interior of the car should be quieter and more comfortable than ever, All thanks to liberal use of sound-deadening materials and multi-contour massaging seats. All the better to enjoy the optional sixteen speaker, 600-watt Harmon Kardon sound system.

BMW 5 Series Features:

The new engines, dubbed BMW Twin Power Turbo, is a series of modular inline 4- and 6-cylinder units. The US model will debut as the 530i (2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder) or 540i (3.0-liter, turbocharged 6 cylinder engine). Both will be available with the xDrive all-wheel drive, but no manual or V8 opt will be available at launch. Expect a 0-60 mph time of 6 sec (5.8 with xDrive) for the 530i and 4.9 sec (4.7 with xDrive) for the 540i. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic that features navigation-assisted shifting, just like Rolls-Royce and its larger 7 Series sibling. Fuel economy figures have not been release.