The seventh-generation 5 Series benefits from new lightweight construction, making it up to 100kg lighter than the previous model, without relying on the partial carbon fibre construction of the larger 7 Series.
Safety systems have been enhanced across the board with a stereo camera fitted to all models, not only for emergency monitoring, but also to assist in traffic jams, on motorways, or with slow moving traffic.
Optional radar and ultrasonic sensors help ensure a clear path around the car, with the 5 Series able to actively apply corrective steering and braking inputs to help avoid or lessen side impacts as well as frontal collisions.
The interior boasts BMW’s latest iDrive system, able to be operated via the iDrive controller, touchscreen inputs on the 10.25-inch display, voice command, or gesture controls, as already seen on the 7 Series.
BMW ConnectedDrive adds new services including ParkNow for digital parking space booking and payment, On-Street Parking info, and Microsoft Exchange compatibility to sync and edit emails, contacts and calendar entries from the car.
BMW also introduces the first instance of a completely wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity, and also introduces optionally-available remote parking, allowing the car to be pulled in or out of a tight parking space from outside the vehicle, using the kety as a remote.
A range of new engines will power the 5 Series range, with the 520d and 530d diesel engines producing 140kW/400Nm and 195kW/620Nm respectively. 0-100 km/h sprint times are 7.6 seconds for the four-cylinder 520d and 5.7 seconds for the six cylinder 530d.
Petrol engines include the four-cylinder 530i rated at 185kW and 350Nm, capable of a 6.2 second 0-100 km/h sprint with fuel consumption rated at 5.4 l/100km, or the more powerful 540i with a three litre straight six engine producing 250kW and 450Nm, with a 4.8 second 0-100 km/h dash and fuel consumption as low as 6.5 l/100km.
The initial engine line-up will be joined by a 520d EfficientDynamics model with fuel consumption as low as 3.9 l/100km, a plug-in hybrid 530e, and a range-topping 550i xDrive turbocharged V8 with all wheel drive producing 340kW and 650Nm, knocking the 0-100 km sprint down to 4.0 second with a fuel figure of 8.9 l/100km.
BMW Australia expects to introduce the 2017 5 Series range as early as March 2017, with pricing and specifications to be unveiled closer to launch.
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