Yesterday, we have mentioned BMW would reveal the 7th generation 5 Series would be revealed in a matter of days. We were wrong: it did not took even hours for the German carmaker to present the new D-segment sedan. It also does not use the Carbon Core technology, something that would be logical for prices to drop, but that probably still needs more development to ramp up its scale. Anyway, the car will not disappoint its fans.
The G30 is 4.94 m long, 1.87 m wide, 1.47 m tall and it has a wheelbase of 2.98 m. Its trunk can carry up to 530 l of luggage and the 5 Series is the most aerodynamic model ever presented by BMW, with a Cd of 0.22. So far it has not received any 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine under its hood, but this may be something cheaper derivatives will present in the future. The available engines are 4, in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive guises.
The first one is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers 140 kW at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm (for the 520d derivative).
The second engine is a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbodiesel that generates 195 kW at 4,000 rpm and 620 Nm from 2,000 rpm up to 2,500 rpm.
When we talk about petrol derivatives, the only “pure” option presented so far is the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder TwinPower we have mentioned in our previous article. It produces 250 kW from 5,500 rpm until 6,500 rpm and 450 Nm between 1,380 rpm and 5,200 rpm.
The other one is the 530e, the plugin hybrid derivative. It is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and an electric motor that integrates the transmission. BMW has still not disclosed any information about it, only the pictures above. We’ll get back to it when the company reveals what this hybrid has to offer besides a probably impressive fuel consumption.
Technically speaking, the G30 can be up to 100 kg lighter than the F10. Since it does not count with Carbon Core, that is basically due to more ultra high strength steel being used in the structure. The new 5 Series still does not use laser headlights, but it is well served by adaptive LED headlights, which are still pretty much up to date, even if they do not deserve to be called “cutting edge”.
The letter soup provided by technology is everywhere in the 5 Series. It counts on Lane Change Assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant and a Steering and Lane Control Assistant that also brakes the car in speeds of up to 210 km/h. It is worth to remember many cars can’t even achieve such speed.
In the interior, the seats offer 8 massage programs and you can charge your mobile wirelessly. The car can be controlled by voice or gestures. These are things that may have a lot of appeal with technology lovers, but we are more interested about the way the car will behave when it goes on sale, by February 9, 2017 in Europe. And we love the cutaway images BMW has provided.
Have a good look at the double wishbone suspension at the front and the 5-link suspension at the rear. And also to the rear-wheel drive system. Although it is a large sedan, the new 5 Series should be very fun to drive. Keep your expectations high until February next year. We hope BMW is up to them.