On the looks front, there isn’t a significant overhaul for the new generation. However, there are changes up front like the headlamps flowing into the grille, which makes the nose appear wider. The kidney grille now features active slats that close when necessary for better aerodynamics.
There’s of course the optional M Sport package which sees larger air intakes on the front fascia, new side skirt trim, and a tweaked rear bumper with trapezoidal exhaust tips. The suspension is also lowered and it also comes with 19-inch wheels.
Yes, the new-gen 5 Series has grown and is now 30.5mm longer, 7.62 mm wider and 15.2mm taller than the outgoing model. There’s an increase in wheelbase as well of 5.08mm which adds extra legroom at the rear.
BMW will launch the 5 Series with two powertrains and both use an eight-speed automatic gearbox and are optionally available with xDrive all-wheel drive. The 530i will feature a revised 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine which makes 248bhp and 350Nm of torque. This helps the car to do a 0-100Km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds, or 6 seconds with xDrive.
The range-topping engine for now is the 540i, which uses a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six with 335bhp and develops 450Nm of torque which is more than the current 535i. The car can go from 0-100Km/h in close to 5 seconds with the with rear-wheel drive version or 4.9 seconds with all-wheel drive.
The new chassis and the weight shedding might help in improving the handling of the 5 Series. To add to this further, the 5 Series will come with the optional Adaptive Drive system which includes updated Dynamic Damper Control. The system adjusts the anti-roll bars with electric motors that are faster and lighter than the previous hydraulic actuators. The company’s rear-wheel steering setup, which it calls Integral Active Steering, is available on all-wheel-drive models.
The new 5 Series comes with features like Active Lane Keeping Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant which gives it semi-autonomous driving capability. The technology helps keep the sedan in a single lane and can even cope with stop-and-go traffic.
Occupants can also use the iDrive 6.0 infotainment system that now features gesture control, a function which was introduced on the 7 Series sedan.
The 5 Series then gets a whole bunch of technology from its elder sibling and it’s likely to come to India only next year. We’ll keep you updated on the latest on that front.