If you like the BMW 7 Series, but want it tied up with a smaller bow on top, meet the new BMW 5 Series.
BMW unveiled the next-generation of its popular redesigned midsize sedan this week. From its remote-controlled parking system, optional gesture control and iDrive 6.0 infotainment system, the 5 Series is a chip off the new 7 Series block if you get our drift.
The 5 Series is lighter and more fuel efficient with a new powertrain. Here’s a rundown of the notable updates to BMW’s latest due out in February.
A Subtle, But Thorough Makeover
The new 5 Series gets some nips and tucks. It’s longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. At the same time it drops a bit of weight, 137 pounds, thanks to BMW’s use of magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steel.
In front, LED adaptive headlights are standard and they now connect more smoothly with the kidney grille. The kidney grille also now features active shutters. The slats open when more air is needed to help reduce drag. In back, it looks wider with a lower center of gravity. All models will come with dual exhausts.
2 Trims and 2 Powertrains
In the U.S., the 5 Series will offer two new BMW TwinPower Turbo powertrain options. The 530i model will come with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. The 540i will feature a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Both are paired to an eight-speed automatic that features navigation-assisted shifting like its larger sibling. Both trims will be available with xDrive all-wheel drive.
Interior Takes After Its Bigger Sibling
Inside, the new 5 Series takes a page from the 7 Series. It receives BMW’s iDrive 6.0 infotainment system that gives you gesture and voice control along with a heads-up display. BMW iDrive now comes with Apple CarPlay, as well as an optional 4G LTE connection with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity.
BMW also beefed up the sound-deadening materials for a quieter ride inside. The cabin also scores points for its new multi-contour massaging seats and an optional 16-speaker, 600-watt Harmon Kardon sound system. There’s about an inch more legroom in the backseat.
M Sport Package Option
The M Sport Package will be available from launch. It includes a specific aero kit and exterior trim. In the Pprformance department, M upgrades include a lowered suspension and bigger set of wheels and tires. Inside, the models with the M badge will come with a leather steering wheel, pedal covers, as well as some minor trim changes.
Underneath It All
One big piece of news here is that xDrive can be combined with BMW’s four-wheel steering system, just like the 7 Series. It also features a new double-wishbone front suspension with five-link independent rear suspension. The wheelbase is slightly increased over the outgoing model, as are both the front and rear track.
About that Remote-Controlled Parking feature…
As we mentioned up top, the 5 Series also snags the 7 Series’ remote-controlled parking feature. But we have to note, driver’s can’t legally use it yet in the way BMW intended. It’s designed to park itself without a person in the car, but U.S. auto safety regulations won’t allow that yet. Right now, the driver still has to be in the car to operate the feature.