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The all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan revealed

10/12/2016 14:27:16
The all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan revealed
The new model is more evolution than revolution, though the changes run more than skin deep.

BMW‘s tweener sedan is growing up quickly. Now in its seventh generation, the BMW 5 Series gains a set of more powerful engines, a lighter body, and a brand-new exterior design for the 2017 model year. Equally important, new gesture control technology and semi-autonomous driving features bring it closer to its older brother, the 7 Series. The new model is more evolution than revolution, though the changes run more than skin deep.

 

 

The automaker claims a weight reduction of up to 137 pounds thanks to the use of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. The weight loss becomes more impressive when you realize the new car is longer, wider, and taller than the 5 Series it replaces. The weight reduction, along with more powerful engines, means the car should be quicker than its predecessor, as well.

 

 

The new engines, dubbed 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). Both will be available with xDrive all-wheel drive, but no manual or V8 options will be available at launch. Expect a 0-60 mph time of 6 seconds (5.8 with xDrive) for the 530i and 4.9 seconds (4.7 with xDrive) for the 540i. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic that features navigation-assisted shifting, just like a Rolls-Royce and its larger 7 Series sibling. Fuel economy figures haven't been released.

 

 

The M Sport package, available from launch, features a number of upgrades over the standard models. There will be a specific aero kit and exterior trim. Performance upgrades include a lowered suspension and bigger set of wheels and tires. Inside, M Sport models feature a leather steering wheel, pedal covers, as well as some minor trim changes. The new car will go on sale in February 2017. BMW will announce pricing closer to the on-sale date.

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