BMW has officially unveiled seventh generation of it’s mid-size business sedan, the much popular 5-series. Looks aren’t too evolutionary for the 2017 5-series but everything else, is all new.
The new 5-series is based on the CLAR (Cluster Architecture) lightweight platform which results as a total weight reduction of about 100 kg compared to it’s predecessor, 70kg of which is from the chassis alone. Weight reduction doesn’t mean getting smaller though, in fact the new 5-Series is 36 mm longer, 6 mm wider and 2 mm taller than the previous generation and offers a 7 mm longer wheelbase.
As said above, the new saloon doesn’t have many exterior updates (it didn’t need it either) except some minor updates like redesigned headlamps and the aerodynamic active slats in the kidney grille that close when necessary. BMW will offer the optional M Sport package which packs larger air intakes at the front, side skirt trim, lowered M Sport suspension and 19-inch wheels.
Initially the new 5-series will be available with four turbocharged engine options: Two for petrol- a 2.0-liter with 248 HP for the 530i and a 3.0-liter with 335 HP for the 540i, and Two for diesel- a 2.0-liter for the 520d and a 3.0-liter for the 530d.
All four engines will be mated to 8-speed automatic gearbox with Rear wheel drive as standard and an optional xDrive all-wheel drive system. BMW is also offering Integral Active Steering (rear wheel steering) as an option for better handling and cornering.
The cabin is as luxurious as you’d expect from a BMW. The centre console with a 10.25-inch touchscreen is angled towards driver, trying to hint that it’s a car to be behind the wheel of. The new 5-series comes with semi-autonomous driving mode where the car drives itself, overtakes other cars and also find empty parking spots and parks by all itself.
Sales in the US will commence early next year so we can expect it to arrive in India by the end of 2017.
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