The seventh generation BMW 5-series has been revealed in pictures ahead of its 2017 launch.
The brand new 2017 BMW 5-series seems almost identical to its older sibling, the 7-series. Taking a cue from other German stables, the Bavarian group too have opted to let the 5-series inherit their flagship car’s design elements. Apart from the design language, the new 5-series stands to make a name for itself. With a host of new technologies and fresh engine options, the brand new BMW 5-series aims to reclaim the executive luxury saloon category.
The latest 5-series employs a softer, more rounded design scheme compared to its older sibling. The LED DRLs trace hexagonal outlines in the headlamp housing. A long crease that runs along the side of the car culminates at the rear tail-lamp. The brawny rear bumpers merge well with the new larger tail-lamp cluster.
The new car definitely finds its inspiration in the 7-series. We however, feel the new softer style elements aren’t as appealing as the older generation car which was much sharper. It isn’t downright ugly, but we won’t be expecting BMW to win any beauty contests with the new 5-series.
The new car is 100kg lighter compared to its predecessor. BMW has used a mix of high-strength steel, aluminium and magnesium in the 5-series’ construction, unlike the 7-series which features carbon fibre in its shell construction. The new 5-series will also have a near 50-50 weight distribution, that should mean more dynamic and predictable handling. That, mated to active anti-roll bars with adaptive dampers should ensure an engaging and thrilling handling.
Plenty of engine options for the new 5-series starting with the fuel-efficient 520d and the 530d. The 520d is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel motor that is good for 190 HP and 400 Nm of torque while the 530d gets a turbo straight-six with a healthy output of 265 HP and 620 Nm of torque. Interestingly enough, BMW will launch three new models for this latest generation 5-series.
An EfficientDynamics Edition of the 520d that has reduced emissions, along with the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid. The 530e will make use of a four-cylinder petrol motor and an electric motor which results as a combined output of 252 HP. The third model is the new M550i xDrive. It is powered by a revised 4.4-litre V8 that produces 462 HP and 650 Nm of torque. This makes it the fastest new 5-series and the flagship car for the range.
The new 5-series is definitely an interesting new car. With its more environment-friendly engine options and a host of 7-series inspired driving assists, it definitely ticks all the boxes for the executive saloon category. How it fares against its other German and British rivals, only time will tell. We expect it to hit the showrooms internationally in February and an India launch in the second half of 2017. Excited enough for it?