The new BMW 5 Series will arrive in Australia later this year carrying a raft of upgrades, including new styling touches, enhanced powertrains and new integrated technology elements.
Stylistically, elements such as the BMW kidney grille gets a new look – through added width and height and by dropping down further into the front apron. There’s also slimmer contouring of the headlights, and those new full-LED headlights include adaptive cornering function, BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam with matrix technology and High-beam Assistant all enhance night driving capability. BMW Laserlight is also available for the new BMW 5 Series.
In both headlight variants, the outer daytime driving lights also perform the role of turn indicators.
The rear lights and brake lights are integrated into a shared light fixture that now forms a single unit. All models of the new BMW 5 Series come with trapezoidal tailpipe finishers.
An extended palette of metallic paints including distinctive hues from the BMW Individual range also allows customers to personalise the 5 Series to their specific tastes.
The new BMW M Sport package brings a more muscular design to both the front and rear of the vehicle and new exterior colours – and the BMW Individual Air Performance Wheels – provide additional enhancements.
On the inside, there is now a standard 12.3-inch control display, newly designed centre console controls and standard sports leather steering wheel with newly arranged multi-function buttons. New additions to the options list include M Multi-functional seats derived from the BMW M5 Competition.
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Alongside the 390kW V8 of the range-topping BMW M550i xDrive sedan, the new BMW 5 Series comes with a choice of two other petrol engines, one turbo-charged diesel engine and one plug-in hybrid generating between 135kW and 215kW.
The 530e plug-in hybrid model includes the new XtraBoost function as standard equipment. The feature delivers an additional dose of power under vigorous acceleration with power increased by 30kW up to a maximum of 215kW for up to 10 seconds.
All engines link up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is offered on the M550i xDrive and M550i xDrive Pure.
M Sport Suspension, Adaptive M Suspension and Adaptive M Suspension Professional including active roll stabilisation are all available and the latest version of the optional Integral Active Steering is also available.
Lane Departure Warning system is included with the optional Driving Assistant that now also features lane return by means of steering assistance.
The Parking Assistant’s range of functions has been extended with the addition of the reversing assistant, which takes control of the steering while reversing for distances of up to 50 metres.
The new Drive Recorder lets drivers capture and store videos of the scene around the vehicle, while the new 3D visualisation of the surrounding area in the instrument cluster provides an enhanced overview of the current traffic situation, the status of the driver assistance systems and the possible courses of action they offer.
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional brings the new BMW Operating System 7.0 to the BMW 5 Series, together with a host of additional digital services.
In addition to calculating routes and arrival times and updating real-time traffic data at short intervals, the new cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps also allows drivers to enter any word when selecting a destination.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with extended functionality is also now available as a standard feature.
The smartphone integration function is now compatible with both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while there is also Remote Software Upgrade.
The new BMW 5 Series will arrive in Australia this October with pricing and specification details to be announced in the lead up to launch.