Wednesday 25 April 2018

Revealed: first pictures, details and prices of new BMW 5-series

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

THESE are first pictures, details and prices for the new BMW 5-series.

The seventh generation of the car is due here on February 11 but is technically on sale as of now.

Prices (for the 520d SE) start from €52,800 on the road (OTR). On the face of it, that represents a fair hike on the €45,200 for the existing one but no doubt BMW will claim there is a lot more to the new model.

I think it is also fair to say they are creating a bit of distance between 5-series and 3-series pricing.

Also helping justify the increase is the fact that the 8spd automatic transmission is now standard as is the Profession Multimedia Navigation System with a 10.25ins touch widescreen.

The new mid-size executive saloon is something of a departure in terms of appearance. They’ve made it look far more like a coupé. Instead of the strong and broad shape of the current one this has a long snout and a rear that looks more tucked in and compact.

Yet it is still 2mm taller, 8mmm wider and 28mm longer, they say.

My sneak preview of it in Dublin led me to believe it didn’t feel as spacious inside but the figures would appear to contradict that.

What it certain is that the dash and instrumentation are angled and focused on the driver – much more than is the case with the current one.

Also on board are the ever-expanding packages of driver assistance technologies.

They have what they call a newly developed modular engine range – all TwinPower turbos - most of which will be familiar to current drivers but of course will have been upgraded and tweaked in line with the latest arrival.

The car also gets a new suspension. It has always been the best driver in the mid-size segment so it will be interesting to see how this handles.

It has a new double-wishbone front axle; Dynamic Damper Control and Adaptive Drive are optional.

For the first time you will be able to order all-wheel-drive (xDrive) on every model. Here it will be on the 520d, 530d and 540i from launch.

And there will be a new plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance in March. It has a 4cyl petrol engine and claimed emissions of 49g/km; total output is 252hp. Fuel consumption is a claimed 2.1l/100km.

Shortly after the launch two other engines will be added.

Watch for the 520d SE EfficientDynamics model with its 190hp 4cyl diesel. It has a claimed fuel consumption of 72.4mpg and 102g/km emissions.

The most powerful diesel – for now anyway - is the 265bhp 530d (620Nm, 4.7l/100km, 124g/km).

LED headlights are standard with adaptive LED headlights optional.

Other technologies they are ‘offering’ include Gesture Control, Remote Parking and the BMW Display key.

They say the new car has noticeably more headroom in the rear despite the raked roofline. That wasn’t our experience for the back middle-seat occupant.

But the driver and front-seat passenger are well looked after. The dash/instrumentation work, and look, well.

Boot capacity is now up to 530 litres. It is quite long and the boot sill is lower.

Driver assistance systems include Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) as standard while Active Cruise Control (ACC) and Speed Limit Info are optional. Driving Assistant Plus safety package includes the Lane Keeping Assistant, Lane Departure Warning system, Lane Change Warning along with Driving Assist Plus.

And of course there is BMW Connected Drive.

The Surround View and Remote 3D View worked brilliantly in a brief demonstration in Dublin. Great for tight and awkward parking spots.

Up to 100kgs have been shed overall but body strength and torsional stiffness are increased.

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