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BMW 5 Series

A more dynamic and luxurious future for BMW as the 2017 G30 5 Series leaves the 7 Series behind.

BMW received some criticism over the lack of opulence and excitement offered when it revealed the 7 Series but there has been no such negativity after the first ever showcase of its latest 5 Series.

Now in its seventh-generation, the BMW 5 Series promises to be more luxurious and more dynamic than ever before, and despite the aforementioned criticism, its G11 7 Series-shared platform is being heralded as a great place for the fun to start.

A precise BMW with functionality and presence

BMW’s head of design, Karim Habib, calls the new 5 Series ‘mature’, ‘dynamic’ and ‘confidently stylish’. It’s precise and formal design, he claims, successfully combines functionality, aesthetic appeal and presence.

The new BMW 5 Series is 36mm longer than the out-going F10-gen car and is also 6mm wider and 2mm taller. Yet, despite these increased dimensions, it is claimed that the new BMW seems tighter, leaner and more muscular.

The new-look BMW features headlights connecting with the wider kidney grilles at the front. The lights are all LED and are designed to be an evolved version of BMW’s classic twin-circle lights. There is the option of adaptive headlights with anti-dazzle BMW Selective Beam technology.

The nose of the new 5 Series is lower and leaner, giving it a more aggressive look, and its profile is undeniably muscular with a vague nod towards the BMW M2. It is also said to have better aerodynamics and to create less air turbulence thanks to the use of traditional venting and a front Air Curtain. Optimised air channels beneath the body further lower air turbulence, as well as decreasing lift and improving overall dynamics.

At the back there are L-shaped lights which increase the visual width of the car and a low-slung boot lid make it look and feel lower. The exhaust pipes, meanwhile, are symmetrical on all models and not just on the eight- and six-cylinder cars. Shapes will differ according to the model chosen, however.

Sporty or luxurious?

Buyers of the new BMW 5 Series will be able to choose between the Luxury Line and the Sport Line. The latter adds black, high-gloss elements, 18-inch wheels, illuminated door sill badges, sports seats and a leather steering wheel. The Luxury Line includes chrome accents on the exterior, including the BMW Air Breather vent, interior leather and specific 19 or 18-inch wheels.

There is also set to be an M Sport choice, with larger air intakes on the front apron as part of the M Aerodynamics package. Inside, the M Sport offering will include Alcantara-covered sports seats, leather steering wheel, interior trim strips, exclusive floor mats and aluminium pedals.

The new BMW 5 Series will also provide buyers with more colour options than ever before. There seems set to be a choice of 21 exterior colours including two Individual Frozen options, six Individual colours and 11 metallics. The choice of wheel options will also be varied, ranging from 17-inch to 20-inch.

Quality of finish enhanced

BMW has intentionally upped the finish in the new 5 Series, whilst increasing its sense of precision and revolutionising the controls and display. The aim was to create the ideal business model, offering some of the design elements of its larger sibling, the 7 Series, without the same flagship price tag.

Acoustic design has also played a major part in the interior of this new BMW, with significant efforts being made to absorb sound in order to increase comfort levels and allow for uninterrupted conversation between the car’s occupants.

For even more comfort, the rear seats now have massage functions as well as those in the front and include eight different programmes and the choice of a trio of intensity modes.

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