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BMW unveils new 5 Series

Thursday 13 October 2016, By Autovolo

BMW unveils new 5 Series

BMW unveils new 5 Series

The new BMW 5 Series will go on sale in the UK this month, with prices starting at £36,025.

While the new car, which is now in its seventh generation, is similar in appearance to its predecessor, it has grown 36mm in overall length.

BMW has also achieved a 10 per cent reduction in drag, while weight has also been cut. Certain variants of the new car are as much as 100kg lighter than before.

A lightweight design and features such as the Active Air Stream grille, which shuts the louvres in the grille and air intakes to improve aerodynamics and reopens them when cooling airflow is needed, has allowed BMW to make these weight savings.

Boot capacity has increased by 10 litres over the previous car, now offering 530 litres of space. In the cabin, rear legroom has also been improved, as has the overall soundproofing.

BMW has included a host of new technology on the 5 Series. The 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment screen now features gesture control, while satellite navigation is offered as standard. Like the latest 7 Series, the new 5 Series will be offered with a remote control parking system – albeit as an optional extra.

The seventh-generation 5 Series can also be specified with a “Display Key”, which incorporates a touchscreen on the key fob that allows owners to control various vehicle functions – such as setting the climate control – remotely.

Wireless phone charging and a WiFi hotspot are now available on the new 5 Series, as is Apple Car Play. BMW Connected works in partnership with the owner’s smartphone to suggest routes to various meetings and preset the sat-nav system.

Two petrol engines and two diesels will be offered with the new 5 Series. When the car is launched, the petrol engines will be a 2.0-llitre, 249bhp unit in the 530i, and a 3.0-litre, 335bhp unit in the 540i. The 540i will also come with four-wheel drive as standard.

The two diesel engines are likely to be the most popular in the UK, though. Customers will be able to choose between the 520d or the 530d, which feature 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre engines respectively. Both cars will be offered with the xDrive four-wheel-drive system as an option.

The 188bhp engine in the 520d will be the most efficient in the 5 Series range, returning 68.8mpg and 108g/km CO2 emissions. At the other end of the spectrum, the 540i will be the fastest 5 Series. Its 3.0-litre straight six engine helps the car sprint from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds.

A 134.5mpg plug-in hybrid and a more efficient, 102g/km version of the 520d will arrive at a later date.