The new BMW 5-series shares the same platform with the iconic 7-series, featuring LED headlights as standard and lenses that meet the grille at the front, giving a sense of width that succeeds the old model. Automatic high beams are optionally available for future 5-series owners as well. The new car is expected to be released sometime in 2017.
In terms of performance, BMW also added a fully-functional exterior design that brings the coefficient drag to an impressive 0.22Cd. Lower drag means better fuel economy, reduced wind noise and faster times in both the street and any drag strip. Higher-class models also feature extra cooling by adding louvres that can shut close when needed.
Inside, an angled dashboard that lends a cockpit-feel awaits the driver. The iDrive infotainment system included is setting high expectations as the previous BMWs have the best system of this type. The infotainment screen features ease of access, and onboard Wi-Fi keeps the passengers occupied on lengthy trips. In addition, BMW promises a more spacious cabin, higher headroom and an all-round shoulder and elbowroom.
One major change from the previous models is the multifunction instrument display, which fits a digital display behind the steering wheel, instead of analog gauges. Capable of displaying dials, GPS, and other features similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit. Adaptive cruise control and advanced automated steering functions can easily be operated by the driver by using the steering wheel-mounted buttons and controls.
A 340hp 3.0-liter straight six is inside the bonnet of the top petrol model, and 265hp 3.0-liter straight six for the diesel option. Wheels measuring from 17-20 inches are options that can be selected upon purchase.
BMW once again will attempt to take the competition by storm. The first models of the new 5 Series are expected to hit the streets as early as February 2017.