2017 BMW 5-Series

BMW is on the blink of releasing a new model of the 5 Series
sedan in the market.  According to reports and the photos
we have in our possession, the 2017 BMW 5-Series is based on
the 7 Series.  It uses the CLAR (cluster architecture)
similar to the one used by the 7 Series.

This structure has resulted in a huge reduction of the sedan’s
curb weight as the model uses huge doses of lightweight
materials such as aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel
on its body. The weight has reduced by as much as 137 pounds
despite the fact that the model has grown in size.

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2017 BMW 5-Series Exterior

On the outside, we can say that the 5 Series has evolved rather
than revolutionized.  The exterior styling of the model is
actually based on the bigger 7 Series sedan.  At the
front, the 5 Series features a wider and larger kidney grille
with a chrome surround. Longer and flatter headlights that
feature LED adaptive units as standard flank the grille. The
new grille features active radiator slats, which enable more
cooling air to get in when needed, otherwise remain closed to
maximize aerodynamic efficiency. The model also features
revised bumper intakes, which feature Air Curtains.  The
air curtains combine with air breathers to reduce air
turbulence in the model’s wheel arches.

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Onto the sides, the sedan features chrome surround on the
windows and a pronounced beltline that is sportier compared to
the outgoing model. Above the side skirts, the model retains
its familiar character line above its side skirts that has a
hockey-stick shape. At the rear, the sedan features revised
taillights that extend into the sides of the model. The rear
also features revised exhaust circular outlets that are
arranged asymmetrically on either side.

Models powered by the 6-cylinder engine and those with the M
Sport package will feature trapezoidal exhaust tips. The model
rides on 18-inch double spoke light-alloy wheels.  The M
Sport package adds an ‘M’ aerodynamic kit with a front apron
that features larger intakes, a diffuser-like rear apron as
well as a side skirt trim. The package will also feature a
shadow-line exterior trim , a lowered suspension and will ride
on 19-inch M double-spoke wheels.

The sedan will be availed in 11 color shades. 20-inch wheels
are also available for the model.  There is also a choice
of four alloy designs for the wheels.

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2017 BMW 5-Series Interior

Just like the exterior, the interior also borrows much of its
styling from the 7 Series.  The two models actually
feature almost identical center stacks. The only difference in
their center stacks is that 5 Series has its HVAC controls
integrated in a single element with radio controls; in the 7
Series, the HVAC and radio controls are separate.  The
dash is so designed to increase the space of the driver and
that of the front passenger. The rear passengers will also
enjoy an extra 1.2 inch of legroom and knee-room.  The
sedan also features storage spaces on the door pockets for
holding beverage bottles.

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The base model also comes with 16-way power adjustable front
seats with adjustable side bolsters. 20-way power adjustable
and multi-contour front seats are offered as an option. These
seats also feature ventilation and an option for 8 massage
programs. Opting for the M Sport package will get you a M
Sport-trimmed steering wheel wrapped in leather, aluminum pedal
covers, exclusive floor mats and SensaTec upholstered
dashboard.

Tech-wise, the 5 Series features a 10.25-inch high-resolution
screen that integrates the navigation system, phone operations,
the entertainment system as well as other functions of the
vehicle. Gesture control is available as an option. Other
options include the Advanced Real-Time Traffic whose
information is projected to the dash with a resolution that
spans 800×400 pixels. The sedan also offers a Wi-Fi hotspot,
Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging.

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Engine Specs and performance

According to insider news, the model’s engine lineup will fall
into two groups i.e. the 530i and 540i. 530i models will use a
turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0 L, 4-cylinder mill that
produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque available from as low
as 1,450 rpm.  This engine powers the 5 Series to
accelerate to 60 mph from standstill in 6 seconds.

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For more juice, the automaker offers the 540i, which is powered
by turbocharged 3.0 L inline-6 good for 335 horses and 332
lb-ft of torque available from 1,380 rpm. The engine drops the
acceleration time from 0-60 mph to 4.7 seconds. The two engines
are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission system and
are offered in RWD as standard. Buyers can opt for the xDrive
AWD system at an extra cost.

In Europe, the model will be offered in a number of
turbo-diesel mills. It is not clear whether any diesel
power-plant will be offered in the US market. Further reports
indicate that a plug-in model dubbed the 530e as well as a
sportier version “M550i” will be offered later on. The
performance oriented M5 will produce over 600 horses according
to rumors.

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Price and release date

BMW will announce the prices of the 5 Series sedan at a later
date. Bearing the new additions both inside and outside, expect
the model’s price to increase albeit slightly.  I think a
starting price of around $50,000 is a good guess.

Competition

As you would expect, the major rivals of the 2017 BMW 5-Series
come from Mercedes and Audi. As such, the 5 Series will face
most rivalry from the Audi
A6 and Mercedes-Benz
E-Class. The Jaguar
XF also seeks to unsettle the market from the grip of the
three German luxury automobile powerhouses.