The all-new BMW 5 Series yet again strikes a balance between luxury and sport. But the seventh generation model of BMW’s longest-running nameplate isn’t just about sporty elegance, driving satisfaction, and smart engineering; tech is also a major driving force.
Here are five things you should know about this “Ultimate Sports-Business Machine”:
1. It’s tech-tastic.
It all starts with the BMW Display Key. This smart key fob with a color display and touch control does more than lock and unlock the vehicle. It allows you to remotely drive the car (useful for getting in and out of a tight parking spot), check on the fuel level, and turn on the air-conditioning before you even enter the cabin.
Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch full digital instrument display and a 10.25-inch LED touch display with BMW iDrive ID6 interface for your infotainment and navigation needs. Aside from the traditional rotary controller, you can also use voice commands and gesture controls. Circle your finger in the air clockwise/counterclockwise to adjust the volume, or point or swipe to the right to accept/reject phone calls.
2. It’s bigger but lighter.
The wheelbase is now 7mm longer and the entire length of the car has extended by 36mm compared to its predecessor. It’s also 6mm wider and 2mm taller. Despite all of this, the all-new 5 Series is up to 100kg lighter than the outgoing model thanks to EfficientLightweight technology. BMW used aluminum, high-strength steel, and magnesium where they matter to make the car light and agile while body strength and torsional stiffness are increased.
3. It’s strikingly sporty and elegant at the same time.
New exterior features include adaptive LED headlamps that flow into the kidney grille, a wider lower air intake, defined creases on the hood, symmetrically arranged tailpipes, sleeker L-shaped taillights, and an overall aerodynamic shape with a low drag coefficient of 0.22Cd.
4. It’s got a luxurious cabin.
Materials used throughout the cabin include Leather Dakota or Leather Nappa upholstery, wood or aluminum door panel trims, and Sensatec material for the dashboard. And because it’s a big car, there’s a lot of head, shoulder, and leg room.
The BMW 5 Series also has an Ambient Air Package, which delivers fragrance and uses ionization to ensure the air inside the car is of the highest quality.
5. It’s a lean, mean driving machine.
Three models of the all-new BMW 5 Series will be available in the Philippine market.
The BMW 520d will be offered in Luxury trim (P4,590,000) and M Sport Package (P4,990,000). Both are powered by a 2-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine producing 190hp and 400Nm and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic function.
Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line BMW 530d Luxury (P6,390,000) is powered by a 3-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel mill (265hp and 620Nm) mated to the same gearbox as the other two. This variant comes with the top-grade Leather Nappa upholstery for the interior, 20-inch BMW Individual wheels, soft-close function for the doors, and the BMW Remote Control Parking.