10/12/16

BMW’s New 5-Series Unveiled – The Seventh of Five


The gearheads can breathe a sigh of relief…  The new 5er is out, and contrary to the worry-wort naysayers online, BMW managed not to ruin it.

Quite the contrary…!

The seventh generation of Bayerische Motoren Werke’s midsize sedan, arch-enemy of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi’s A6, has now been released for public viewing.  The G30 (BMW geek-speak) 5-Series has been wrought in finely tailored lines, with an excellent balance of style, sport and presence.
A great deal of effort was put into interior packaging and design as well.  The other Germans have set the bar high, and BMW needed to keep pace.  Solid design maintaining updated BMW themes, and a slightly more driver-centric bias than the previous generation 5, should make this cockpit an excellent place to conduct the business at hand.

Uh… that would be… DRIVING..!

Time for a specification or three…  The entry level car in the U.S. will be the 530i, available in rear or all-wheel drive and powered by a 252 horse, 258 lb-ft 4-cylinder engine.  A step up the food chain nets you the 540i, also rear or all-wheel driven, with 340 ponies and 332 lb-ft of torque.  An M550i powered by an 8-cylinder engine will arrive as well.  TwinScroll turbocharging resides in all engines, as does the usual BMW Valvetronic control, Double-VANOS timing, yada-yada-yada…  We will also see a diesel version, likely the 530d, as well as an upcoming iPerformance hybrid model.  I would also be remiss to not mention the M5 rocket ship!
Safety..?

Yep…  Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Lane Change Assistant, Evasion Aid, Crossing traffic warning, Crossroads warning (reminds me of an old blues tune!), Wrong-way warning…   

Still more tech..?
Adaptive LED headlights, lightweight chassis, size-adjustable head-up display, the latest iDrive on a 10.25” screen with the expected gesture control to go along with the knob and touch controller, active steering, remote control parking…

Need I go on here?
I am impressed by what I see with the new 5-er.  All indications are that it will maintain its perch as the sporting alternative in the mid-size luxury class.  Sharp looks, a crisp and cosseting interior, top-shelf tech.  It all adds up to one fine 5…!

Cheers…!


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