BMW has finally unveiled the much awaited 2017 BMW 5-series at the Paris motor show.
The vehicle has been heavily anticipated considering that it was seen as the possible redemption for the Bavarian manufacturer after a disappointing 7-series debut. The recently launched BMW 7-series has failed to catch the enthusiasm of the buyers with the Mercedes S Class – even though being older than the BMW – still favorite. However, the 5-series has always been a major seller for the brand and they have infused to the 2017 version with all the possible technologies.
One of the elements that the G30 version of the 5-series borrows from the 7-series is the carbon core technology. The use of carbon fiber in the chassis has meant that the new model is a whopping 100 kg lighter than the outgoing version. This would seem to be improving aspects like fuel economy and performance figures. The aerodynamic coefficient has also been dropped to an irresistible 0.22 for the versions with smaller engines. The kidney grille now features active shutters which can open or close depending on the requirement.
The aerodynamic efficiency has helped BMW attain an almost impossible figure of 102 g per kilometer on the new 520d Efficient Dynamics model, which still develops a very healthy 190 bhp. For the environment conscious, there is also the 530e plug-in model with an electric only range of 28 miles while it puts out only 46 g per kilometer. Even with all the efficiency, the latest generation 5-series is still capable of achieving 0 to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds.
On the interior, the vehicle features a freestanding infotainment system with a 10.5-inch screen. Just like in the case of the 7-series, this infotainment system now supports touch and gestures. Autonomous driving technologies were expected to be a major part of the new 2017 BMW 5-series and the vehicle certainly does not disappoint in this regard. It comes with autonomous driving technologies like Lane keep assist and active cruise control for relaxed highway cruising. However, it still will not be capable of challenging the Tesla autopilot system, which can enable the vehicle to drive on its own.
On the exterior, the new 2017 BMW 5-series is not a major revamp in terms of styling. Just as with the new generation BMW models, the headlights are fused with the kidney grille. Overall, it would be easier to mix up the 2017 BMW 5-series with the rest of the models in the BMW range.