Text: Anton Andres / Photos: BMW Press | posted October 13, 2016 15:38
New engines and tech for G30 5 Series
Weeks since spyshots were published, BMW has just revealed the all-new 5 Series. Internally known as the G30, it gets a full range of new engines, as well as technologies from the marque's flagship sedan, the 7 Series.
The new exterior follows the form of the 7 Series with its large signature kidney grill which sees the headlights connected to them. There is a larger, wider lower air intake while the M-Sport model gets a more aggressive treatment. Standard in the G30 5 Series are the LED Adaptive lights, an option on the previous generation F10 model.
Moving to its side profile, BMW extended the wheelbase to give it shorter overhangs and more room inside. The roofline is more curved compared to the F10 and is defined by three character lines. The first character line is seen at the lower half of the doors while the second runs through the door handles to the tail lights. The third starts from the top, into the signature Hoffmeister kink and merges into the second character line.
At the rear, a sleeker version of the L-Shaped tail lights make an appearance and flows into the license place holder. The tailpipes are now arranged symmetrically on both sides on all model variants. Depending on the engine and equipment package specified, the tailpipes will be circular (four-cylinder engines) or trapezoidal (six-cylinder versions and cars with the M Sport package).
Inside, the all-new 5 Series gets more cues from the 7 Series with trapezoidal air-conditioning vents, high-mounted iDrive screen, redesigned gear selector (for automatic transmission models) and the hexagonal center console. Like most BMWs, the center console is tilted towards the driver, a signature of the German automaker.
Power adjustable seats are now standard on all models, as well as the latest update of iDrive dubbed iDrive 6.0. Users select menu options and the associated functions in the usual way with the iDrive Controller or by simply tapping the button on the iDrive Touch screen with their finger. Gesture Control, which was first seen in the 7 Series, is an option for the new 5 Series.
The new BMW 5 Series is offered with a wide array of gas and turbodiesel engines but the automaker highlighted two new gas engines. First is the new four-cylinder B48 2.0 liter turbocharged engine which will be used in the 530i. It puts out 252 PS and 350 Nm of torque and is available with xDrive all-wheel drive. For the 540i, it uses the B58 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine with an output 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque.
Topping the range of the G30 5 Series is the M550i. It will be the most powerful 5 Series available from launch until the arrival of the next-gen M5. The M550i is powered by the 4.4 liter, N63 twin-turbo V8 engine punches out 461 PS. A plug-in hybrid, called the 530e, will soon join the lineup.