2017 BMW 5 Series: 15 Things to Know


The formula for success continues with the 7th generation of the all-new BMW 5 Series premium sedan. It’s a true success story with over 7.6 million copies sold worldwide since 1972 with over 1 million units stemming from the U.S. alone since 1975. It’s been entirely newly developed allowing for a significant weight loss of up to 137 lbs with the use of magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steel. Thanks to the available state of the art chassis systems including Integral Active Steering now combinable with xDrive Driver and Parking Assistance Systems and Adaptive Mode including Dynamic Damper Control, the all-new BMW 5 Series once more defines the athletic and executive design of a true sport sedan.

The vehicle will be available at U.S. dealers in February 2017. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch.

1) Design.

“The formal and precise design combines presence, aesthetic appeal and functionality in equal measure,” says Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model 0.3 inches wider and 0.6 inches taller. Its wheelbase measures 117.1 inches (+0.2 inches).

2) LED Adaptive Headlights as standard.

The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting seamlessly with the kidney grille, emphasizing the car’s width. Adaptive Full LED Headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille, creating a stylistic connection that accentuates the wide, low-to-the-road appearance of the front end.


3) iDrive 6.0.

Featuring a new user interface (iDrive 6.0), Gesture Control, the latest generation of Head-Up Display, Remote 3D View and an improved Voice Control with natural voice input, the Bimmer marks a new era of personalized connectivity.

4) EfficientDynamics Enhancements.

The 5 series now features active kidney grille slats for the radiator which opens moveable slats behind the vertical, fixed kidney grille slats and lower air intakes when more cooling air is required but otherwise keeps them closed to optimize aerodynamic efficiency, The Air Curtains in the front apron team up with Air Breathers to cut air turbulence in the wheel arches significantly and channel the air effectively as the car pushes through it.


5) A total of 13 colors.

Two non-metallic and 11 metallic color shades are available for the new BMW 5 Series.

6) Wheels in 18-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch sizes.

Customers can choose from a total of 4 different light-alloy wheels (18-inch, 19 inch and 20-inch). The BMW 5 Series rides on 18-inch Double Spoke wheels with All-Season Run-Flat Tires as standard, with All-Season non Run-Flat Tires, including a space saver spare tire under the trunk floor, now available as a no-cost option. 19-inch V-Spoke Bi-Color wheels with All-Season Run-Flat or mixed performance Run-Flat tires are available as a no cost option. Vehicles equipped with M Sport Package come with 19-inch M Double-Spoke wheels with All-Season Run-Flat or mixed performance Run-Flat tires. On 540i models equipped with M Sport Package, a 20-inch V-Spoke Wheel with mixed performance Run-Flat Tires are additionally available as an upgrade option.

7) M Sport Package.

The M Sport package will be available from launch. It includes the M Aerodynamic kit (front apron with larger air intakes, side skirt trim, a diffusor-style rear apron and an exhaust system with two rectangular tailpipes), Shadowline exterior trim, lowered M Sport suspension and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with Mixed Performance Run-Flat Tires or all-season Run-Flat Tires. The interior includes a new M Sport leather steering wheel, a SensaTec upholstered dashboard and aluminum pedal covers and footrest, with exclusive floor mats when selecting the option of Black Dakota Leather with contrast Blue stitching and piping.


8) Seats with massage function.

The available 20-way adjustable Multi-contour seats for the driver and passenger can be additionally equipped with ventilation and massage function. Eight different massage programs, each with a choice of three intensity modes, relax the muscles in the back and relieve the strain on the spinal discs while driving. The massage function uses 20 air chambers incorporated into the seat backrest and cushion, which are alternately inflated and deflated.

9) Gesture control.

The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high- resolution 10.25-inch screen and controlled not just in the usual manner using the iDrive Controller, but also by means of gestures, voice commands or simply touching the display.


10) New engine family with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

All members of the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family feature an extremely lightweight, thermodynamically optimized all-aluminum construction. These gasoline engines employ twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double- VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing.

BMW 530i and BMW 540i: new four and six-cylinder gasoline engines.

The new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder inline engine in the BMW 530i supersedes the gasoline unit previously fitted in the BMW 528i. The turbocharged direct injection engine delivers its peak output of 248 hp between 5,200 and 6,500 rpm, and puts its maximum torque of 258 lb-ft on tap from 1,450 rpm all the way up to 4,800 rpm. The BMW 530i sprints from 0 to

60 mph in 6 seconds (5.8 seconds with xDrive) and reaches a top speed of 130 mph and, with M Sport Package and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with Mixed Performance Run- Flat Tires, the electronically-limited top speed is increased to 155 mph.

The range-topping engine for the time being can be found in the new BMW 540i and generates 335 hp (+35 hp increase) between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm. The 3.0-liter inline 6- cylinder musters up a mighty 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,380 – 5,200 rpm. The BMW 540i sedan powers from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and top speed is electronically-limited to 130 mph, 155 mph with M Sport Package and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with Mixed Performance Run-Flat Tires. At 4.7 seconds for the sprint from 0-60 mph, the all- wheel-drive BMW 540i xDrive bests its predecessor (535i xDrive Sedan) in acceleration by 7/10th of a second.


11) BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

BMW xDrive counteracts oversteer and understeer effectively and increases the car’s pulsating handling abilities when turning into corners and eagerly powering out of corners. The BMW all wheel drive system provides the perfect blend of dynamism, directional stability and comfort. For the first time, BMW xDrive can be combined with Integral Active Steering as well as the lowered M sport suspension included in the M Sport Package. The Sport variant of the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission comes standard on the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and features even more dynamic shift characteristics along with shift paddles on the steering wheel for changing gear manually.

12) Integral Active Steering now also available in combination with BMW xDrive.

The all-new BMW 5 Series features an electromechanical power steering system with variable steering ratio and speed-sensitive power assistance. Optionally, the BMW 5 Series can now also be equipped with a revised – now electromechanical – Integral Active Steering system, with steering rear wheels for extra agility, stability and comfort. Integral Active Steering gives the new BMW 5 Series Sedan excellent directional stability on highways, while around town the steering response is pleasingly light and agile. Integral Active Steering can now also be combined with BMW xDrive.

13) Wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and the WiFi hotspot.

The optional Wireless Charging allows for wireless charging via an inductive charging tray located in the center console in front of the cupholders. A wireless charging case is available from the Original BMW Accessories range for phones that are not yet compatible with this charging technology. Included with Wireless Charging is a WiFi hotspot with a free 3-month trial through AT&T offering a high-speed internet connection (LTE) for up to ten mobile devices.

Apple CarPlay compatibility is also available in the BMW 5 Series Sedan. Integrating the smartphone into the vehicle’s iDrive system allows the phone, together with apps that have been approved by Apple for CarPlay, to be operated via the screen in the car by means of the iDrive Controller or Touch screen. BMW is the first carmaker to integrate Apple CarPlay completely wirelessly.


14) Amazon Alexa brings BMW Connected into your home.

With the availability of BMW Connected as an Alexa skill on all Alexa-enabled devices, it is now possible to use voice commands to check the vehicle’s battery charge and fuel level as well as lock the vehicle remotely. The BMW Connected Alexa skill allows users to learn about their next scheduled trip, find out what time to leave, and send the destination to their BMW.

15) Detecting accidents before they happen.

The standard pre-crash accident detection system Active Protection enhances passive safety by detecting potential accident situations as they arise. If a collision risk is detected, the system automatically triggers a variety of occupant protection measures. The driver’s and front passenger’s belt tensioners are activated, and the windows and moonroof are closed. Following a collision, Active Protection automatically brings the vehicle to a standstill. The Frontal Collision Warning function detects an imminent risk of collision with preceding vehicles, and prepares the vehicle systems for a possible impact from vehicles behind.

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