A bold new look, super-refined interiors, cutting edge innovations throughout and mild-hybrid technology efficiencies, BMW’s new 5 Series looks set to re-affirm its position as the premium executive model of choice for many.
Distinctive, assertive yet elegant, the new 5 Series models are eye catching and appealing. The famous BMW grille is larger, headlights are more contoured, two U-shaped daytime driving lights create a precise and modern light graphic and the front apron of both SE and M Sport trim levels have also been redesigned with larger and more pronounced air inlets giving an even more purposeful look. Viewed from the rear, the LED taillights have an additional top overhang that transforms the L-motif into a C-shape. Blackened lenses frame the taillights for a more slender, high-tech look, with bold, stepped contours providing a modernised appearance. The rear apron has also been redesigned with trapezoidal tailpipe finishers and a sportier mounted diffuser on Saloon models.
Those choosing the M Sport package will enjoy new 19” and 20” wheels, whilst the new limited M Sport Edition comes with exclusive Individual metallic paint and unique 20” Air Performance wheels. This new model will be available from launch in a limited worldwide production run of 1,000 units. Its exclusive specification includes the M Sport package, model-specific 20” Air Performance wheels and a choice of two exclusive exterior paints including Donington Grey and Tanzanite Blue.
As you’d expect from BMW, the interior is a tech-rich wonder. Enhancement highlights are many and include an increase in size from 10.25” to 12.3” for the Central Information Display, which is powered by BMW’s latest Operating System 7.0.
The new BMW 5 Series comes in a choice of three trim levels: SE, M Sport and M Sport Edition. And, for the very first time in the UK, a range-topping M Performance M550i xDrive on Saloon models will be introduced.
New for the SE are folding mirrors, front electric lumbar support and Parking Assistant. Comfort, convenience and connectivity are heightened with automatic air conditioning, DAB radio, Connected Package Professional and BMW Live Cockpit Professional.
The M Sport trim level adds new alloy wheel designs in 18”, 19” and 20”sizes, the M aerodynamics package and high gloss shadowline exterior trim, which now extends to the roof rails on the Touring. Inside, there is the M leather steering wheel, front sports seats, a distinctive instrument panel finished in Sensatec, anthracite headliner and Aluminium Rhombicle Grey trim details. M Sport suspension is standard except on 530e and 530e xDrive models.
Building on the M Sport, the M Sport Edition boasts exterior and interior enhancements. Finished in either Tanzanite Blue or exclusive Donington Grey, the M Sport Edition features 20-inch alloy wheels fitted with runflat tyres, shadowline adaptive LED headlights, all-new red M brake callipers, extended high-gloss shadowline exterior trim and sun protection glass. The M Sport Edition specification also includes an M rear spoiler and M multifunction seats on the Saloon model.
The range-topping M550i XDrive Saloon is distinguished from the core 5 Series models with a 4.4 litre V8 TwinPower turbocharged powertrain, exclusive 20” wheels, cerium grey exterior detailing, Harman/Kardon Surround Sound System, an M Sport differential and adaptive M suspension.
Engine-wise, there’s a choice of plug-in hybrid models with the latest fourth-generation battery technology including an all new six-cylinder 545e xDrive Saloon and four-cylinder 530e sDrive/xDrive Touring from November 2020.
Mild-hybrid technology will now offer enhanced performance combined with lower fuel consumption and improved driving comfort in all four and six-cylinder variants of the new BMW 5 Series. Fitting a powerful 48V starter-generator and a second battery enables a significant increase in the amount of brake energy that can be regenerated and stored. This energy is used not just to supply the electrical system, but also to lighten the combustion engine’s workload and boost its power.
The starter-generator produces an electric boost that instantly makes an additional 8 kW/11 hp available, enhancing overtaking and off-the-line acceleration. The starter-generator also increases efficiency by assisting the engine when driving at constant speeds and improves comfort when the Auto Start-Stop and coasting functions are in use.
Alongside the 530hp V8 found in the range-topping BMW M550i xDrive Saloon, the new BMW 5 Series comes with a choice of three additional petrol and three diesel engines producing between 184hp and 340hp. The direct injection system in the petrol units operates at increased pressure, meaning greater efficiency, while the two-stage turbocharging technology now fitted in all diesel variants makes for even sharper power delivery. All the engines are complemented with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is also offered on select variants including the 520d, 530d, 530e, 540i, 545e and M550i models.
There is a choice of sophisticated chassis systems designed to enhance either agility and dynamism or driving comfort. M Sport suspension, Adaptive M suspension and Adaptive M suspension Professional including active roll-stabilisation can all be found on the options list. Red M callipers are now available as an alternative to blue with the M Sport Pro pack on M Sport models and are standard on M550i xDrive Saloon models.
New and enhanced technology includes Driver Assist upgrades; new digital services: BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Smartphone Integration and Remote Software Upgrade.
The standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional brings in the latest BMW Operating System 7.0 and a host of digital services as standard.