Cheek to cheek. BMW wants to make it clear just what it is that makes the new seventh generation 5 Series different from the sixth. So it’s produced a special video pitting the two models against each other.
Let us know if you think the new beats the old in terms of looks. We already know it beats it in terms of tech.
The main difference on the exterior seems to be the front and rear. Just like a new haircut. The front gets a new take on the kidney grilles with them now connecting to the headlamps. They now use a more efficient opening and closing shutters. The headlight design gets tweaked. It’s noticeable at night. The once double circles are replaced with two halfpipes. They give it a more demure feel.
The rear, like the side body, gets more upward tilting and wider lines. The taillights wrap around the sides more and have a crisper feel at night (watch the video to see what we mean).
It’s what’s on the inside that counts though when it comes to the overhaul. Just looking at the steering wheel alone in the new seventh makes sixth look seriously dated. Looks really are telling in this case. The dash gets a complete redesign and features the latest iDrive infotainment system. This system allows you to use gesture control. Beautiful ambient lighting can be added to set the mood.
The unseen updates are the two new BMW TwinPower Turbo engines. The base 530i carries a 2.0-liter. The 540i a 3.0-liter. Eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard. It uses special navigation-assist shifting borrowed from the 7 series. All-wheel xDrive can be added to both.
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