The new and seventh generation 2017 BMW 5 series is just around the corner. The 5 series has been very different over the past couple of years. From being a heavyweight semi-racing car carrying a V10 engine to being the current turbo luxurious sedan. Still, the 5 series is quite the heavyweight vehicle, with a premium engine. This time around BMW has tried to tone it down a little, while keeping the top notch engine, spacious interior and tough exterior. Read on for an expansive coverage of all the specs.
Although the new 5 series has not been officially released yet, we have a good image of what it will look like. The 5 series has been a little ‘big’ in the latest generations. For the 5 series, BMW goes back to the proportions of the the first generation. This will result in a much sleeker looking car. Of course, in terms of design BMW will stick to the features of the later versions, updated to get in line with the latest automotive design trends. This means headlights that flow into the kidney grille, a flashy line across the lower side of the car and a sleeker roofline that flows into the rear window and trunk.
The 2017 BMW 5 series has taken over the L-shaped crease and side breather from the BMW 7 series, as expected.
The back of the car looks a lot like the last 5 series. The familiar L-shaped taillights and trunk design are there, as well as the aesthetic exhausts. One on either side and shaped to fit nice and tightly into the back bumper.
Furthermore, the car has very broad tires, to be able to carry the weight of the car. BMW has stated that the new 5 series will at least be 220 lbs (100 kgs) lighter than the previous model, due to a combination of lightweight materials used for the car’s exterior.
The interior won’t be a revolution. What to expect is the familiar sporty, classy and luxurious design, only slightly updated. The dashboard will most likely look slightly different, with the free-standing LCD display at the center of the design. Also probable is digital gauges and standard leather seats. Listening to music in the 2017 BMW 5 series is promising to be an amazing experience with the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system. There’s also ambient light and fragrance air system to really customize your driving situation to your mood.
The BMW M5 is the premium 5 series model. This one will retain the 4.4-liter V8 engine it has now, but the horsepower will make over 600, whereas the current model only reaches 575. The new M5 will be faster because it’s a lot lighter and will have four wheel drive instead of rear wheel drive.
The base 2017 BMW 5 series models will keep their current turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines. A new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 will also be available.
The new 5 series will probably get the same tech features as the recently released 7 series. This will include remote parking with the smart touchscreen keyfob. A keyfob is an authenticated device that only unlocks when the right PIN is typed in. More technological features include: gesture control, self-parking. The car is available with radar-based cruise control to stay in the lane, detect a car ahead and signal before passing the car in front.
The car’s LCD touchscreen will be controllable with a new iDrive system, that also reacts to gestures and automatically updates the software of the car, so the driver will always remain safe, glitches will be eliminated and information such as navigation maps will stay up to date.
Price, unveiling and release date
The BMW 5 series has officially been unveiled last summer at the Paris Auto Show and will be in US showrooms in February 2017. Prices are not official yet as well, but expected is they follow prices of today’s 5 series. So around $50,000 for the base models, and around $100,000 for the premium M5.
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