Months after its global reveal, the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series has landed on our shores. The 2018 5 Series ushers in tech derived from the flagship 7 Series, as well as the marque's new styling direction inside and out.
The new exterior follows the form of the 7 Series with its large signature kidney grill which sees the headlights connected to them. Complementing the bolder front fascia is a wider lower air intake, along with defined creases on the hood. Standard in the all-new 5 Series are the LED Adaptive lights, an option unavailable in the previous local-spec model. Three variants will be available upon launch. The range starts with the 520d Luxury and moves up to the 520d M Sport. Topping the range is the lone six-cylinder offering with the 530d Luxury.
This new 5 Series also boasts an extended wheelbase with shorter overhangs and more room inside. Also changed is the roofline which more curved compared to the outgoing model. Three character lines define the side profile of the all-new 5 Series. 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 which then flows into the license place holder.
More 7 Series cues can be seen inside. From the driver's point of view, present are trapezoidal air-conditioning vents, high-mounted iDrive screen, redesigned gear selector and the hexagonal center console. Like most BMWs, the center console is tilted towards the driver, a signature of the German automaker. Software also gets a significant upgrade as the 2018 5 Series gets iDrive 6.0.
For iDrive 6.0, it now has a new interface which boasts of high-definition graphics, as well as a quicker processor. Also new to the this model is the touch-screen function, giving the owners more functionality options when accessing iDrive. With three variants to choose from, each model gets their own interior treatments. The entry-level 520d and 530d get more luxurious appointments and trim while the M-Sport goes for a driver-focused approach.
Powering both 520d models is the new four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo diesel engine. Output is rated at 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. For the 530d, it gets the 3.0-liter inline-six diesel, also with TwinPower Turbo tech. With two more cylinders, it produces 265 PS and a whopping 620 Nm of torque. Like all BMW models, it shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual control which BMW calls Steptronic. Sticking to tradition, the 2018 BMW 5 Series is rear-wheel drive and comes with a slew of active and passive safety systems.
Prices of the 2018 BMW 5 Series are as follows:
BMW 520d Luxury: Php 4,590,000
BMW 520d M Sport: Php 4,990,000
BMW 530d Luxury: Php 6,390,000