BMW is revving up the 5 Series lineup. It’s adding the sporty M550i X Drive model to the family. It will make an appearance alongside the new 2017 5 Series lineup at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. BMW will also show off the new plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance model.
Both models are part of the new 7th generation 5 Series. Prices start from $52,195 and $57,445 for the already announced 530i and 540i trims. They’ll go on sale first in February. They also offer BMW’s all-wheel xDrive for an additional $2,300. Under the hood, the 530i carries a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, 248-horsepower engine. The 540i gets you 335-horses with a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The sporty M550i xDrive will join the lineup later in the spring. It packs a V8 with 456-horsepower and breezes to 60 mph in 4 seconds. We can expect the 530i iPerformance plug-in to hit the road in March.
5 Series Overview
Typical for lower model levels, the 5 Series borrows heavily from the 7 series. The cabin offers the 7’s iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with voice and gesture control, and heads-up. The contouring seats also tip their hat to the 7.
The 5 offers a host of other showy features: remote-controlled parking, gesture control with a digital instrument cluster, and head-up display.
Safety tech verges on self-driving with the new semi-automatic Advanced Driver Assistance System. The new semi-auto-pilot potpourri includes active cruise control, active lane-keep, and side collision avoidance. Most of the features work even at speeds up to 130 mph. We do not endorse trying them at that speed.
If you’re resolving to lose weight next year, well the new 5 beats you to it. It drops 137 pounds with more aluminum, magnesium, and high-strength steel. Despite the weight loss, it still gets away with growing in length, width, and height. That adds up to around an inch more backseat legroom.
The base model comes loaded with plenty of standard features. So if you want to start there you definitely won’t be getting a bare model. It comes with LED adaptive headlights, active grille shutters, and dual exhausts.
We can’t wait for the official unveiling next month. Along with the 5, BMW will show a new X2 concept. Hold your horses, the Detroit Auto Show will be here soon.