After months of leaked photos and videos, the 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan has been revealed. With it brings new engines, weight savings, more tech, and better fuel efficiency for BMW’s latest sedan.
There will be no mistaking the new vehicle for anything other than a BMW, drawing some aesthetic parts from the 3 and 7 Series.
The car is built with what is called Air Curtains and Air Breathers which helps air circulation within the vehicle. These enhancements are also said to reduce lift at high speeds. The car also boasts a weight reduction of up to 137 pounds when compared to the previous model, thanks to the use of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. The weight reduction, along with more powerful engines, means the car should be quicker than its predecessor, as well.
The engines called BMW TwinPower Turbo are a series of modular inline four- and six-cylinder units. The US model will debut as the 530i (2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder) or 540i (3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine). The 530i is expected to reach 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, while the 540i in 4.9 seconds. Though there is still no news on fuel efficiency of these engines.
It also boasts a number of new features, most notably BMW’s iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with gesture control, voice control, and heads-up display. This is similar to those used in the 7 Series. The new 5 Series also features double wishbone front suspension with five-link independent rear suspension. It will be available will all of BMW’s latest driver assistance and safety equipment. This includes radar cruise control, lane departure warnings, and lane keeping assist.
The new car will go on out to the market early in 2017. BMW looks to announce pricing closer to the on-sale date, so look be wary for more updates on the new 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan