Vehicle Preview: 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan
January 2017
Vehicle Preview: 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan
The one that started it all resets the bar

The all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan arrives soon, poised to set new benchmarks for the premium sport sedan category it created more than 40 years ago. 

The BMW 5 Series has long been the leader for the sport sedan segment. With such leadership, you would expect an all-new redesigned model to bring impressive gains in performance, innovation and safety, and the 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan does just that.

In early 2017, BMW will offer the all-new 2017 530i with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine and the 540i with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine. Both engines are more powerful than the units they replace, and both once again offer the choice of xDrive all-wheel drive as an option.

The all-new 5 Series Sedan looks sleeker than before. Itís a look that speaks to new progress while retaining the brandís instantly recognizable presence. In front, for example, the headlights now stretch to the familiar kidney grille thatís so iconic to the BMW identity. The kidney grille is now active, featuring slats that automatically open or close to optimize cooling or aerodynamic efficiency, and the headlights now use adaptive LED technology.

BMW increased the sport factor in the 2017 5 Series by making the aptly named Sport design standard. That puts high-gloss trim on the outside and 16-way power Sport Seats and an Anthracite headliner inside. The available M Sport package adds a more aggressive aerodynamic kit 19-inch wheels and M Sport steering wheel.

BMW wisely kept the 5 Series Sedan about the same size as before, stretching a bit here and there to add more rear seat legroom. Thanks to some magnesium in the structure and aluminum body panels, vehicle weight drops by up to 137 pounds, a boon to both efficiency and handling agility.

If youíve enjoyed driving the previous 5 Series Sedan, the 2017 version will impress you even more. The 530i engine, with 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, teams with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with standard shift paddles. According to BMW tests, it zooms from zero to 60 mph in just six seconds, or 5.8 with xDrive. BMW drivers have come to relish the wave of low-end and mid-range torque that the TwinPower turbocharged engines produce, which yields a feeling of instantaneous acceleration.

The 2017 5 Series Sedan offers a substantial step up in performance with the 2017 540i, now with a new 335 hp 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six. With xDrive, the 540i blazes from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds in BMW tests. Naturally, BMW paid close attention to 5 Series handling and ride comfort. Youíll find a range of wheels in 18, 19 and 20-inch sizes, all with standard run-flat tires. Should you prefer, 18-inch wheels with non Run-flat tires are now available as a no-cost option including a Space-saver spare tire underneath the trunk floor.

For even sharper handling, the available M Sport Package includes the M Sport suspension, which lowers the 5 Series by 0.39 inches and also features 19-inch wheels in an exclusive M design. Further enhancing chassis dynamics are the available Integral Active Steering and Dynamic Damper Control options, the latter now including the all-new Adaptive mode for a personalized handling experience.

As youíd expect, BMW has raised the technology level in the 2017 5 Series Sedan, with an eye toward making multimedia and connectivity easier to use. A new iDrive 6.0 Navigation system features configurable tiles with live content for the main menu.  A 10.25-inch touch screen display and Intelligent Voice Control make operating Navigation, Media, and Communication functions easier than ever before, while the iDrive controller with touchpad remains as another convenient way to access functions. Apple CarPlay™ joins the roster and can work wirelessly. An available new 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system will amaze the most discerning audiophiles.

Youíve seen cars that can help you park, but the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, if equipped with the available Parking Assistant, can actually park itself, working not just the steering but also the accelerator, brakes and gearshift. With available Remote Parking Control (on 540i models), you can even park the 5 Series into a space too narrow for the doors to then open while standing outside the car.

You can also find cutting-edge driver-assist and collision-prevention technologies like Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Prevention, Evasion Aid, Traffic Jam Assistant, and Active Park Distance Control.

Come in to discuss more details on the all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series.

This article is presented by BMW of Honolulu, Hawaii.

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