BMW is updating its popular midsize sedan, the 5-Series. The German producer says that they improved performance and dynamics . It has preferable steering feel, new four- and six-cylinder engines, and the latest iDrive system. It also envelops elective gesture control. The car has a really heavy cargo: Since 1972. BMW sold more than 7.6 million of 5-Series all around the world — since 1975 more than a million just in the U.S. The ‘17 model is on sale next February, with prices coming closer to launch. We’re guessing a starting price in the $53,000 range.
BMW says that the new design is “mature” and “confidently stylish.” It’s 1.2 inches longer than the outbounding model, 0.3 inch wider and 0.6 inch taller. The 117.1-inch wheelbase is 0.2 inch longer. Rear-seat passengers have 1.2 inches more legroom.
LED adaptive headlights are same as always. Their housings now merge more glibly with the kidney grille. Adaptive full LEDs, able to adjust the lights’ graphics, are optional. The kidney grille is active, opening the slats for more air.
BMW design chief Karim Habib says that the passenger cell is moved back a little. He also wanted the roofline to run more glibly to the back end. In the meantime the swage line erases the Hofmeister Kink up earlier than continuing straight into the rear. He thinks the up motion streches out the car a forward-surging character. That’s how it looks more muscular.
Center of gravity of the new 5-Series rear is lower than the car’s which is coming. They designed it to seem wider. It has rear lights expanding deeper into the sides of the car. The tailpipes are placed symmetrically now. The Sport design model is now standard. It has chrome window surrounds and a chrome kidney grille. The elective M Sport package has bigger front air suctions, a diffuser-style rear apron, skirt trim on the side, and an exhaust system with two rectangular tailpipes.
The new interior brags massaging seats as elective, with 16-way electric buckets standard
Models divide by engine. The 530i has BMW’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four envolving 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, fine enough to hit 60 mph in six seconds. The 540i’s 3.0-liter inline-six produces 335 hp and 332 lb-ft. Sixty mph arrives in 4.9 seconds. Both models are launching with xDrive. All engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That eight-speed transmision uses nav system data to change settings depending on corners that are coming, different kinds of roads and crossroads.
The new car wights 137 pounds less thanks to more high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium. The hood, roof, doors and trunklid are made of aluminum.
Options includedriver’s help. It is able to change paths at up to 140 mph; blind-spot detection; and adaptive sweepcontrol.