Dynamic, connected and stylish
The powerful new BMW 5 Series is characterised by improved efficiency and enhanced connectivity, as well as an impressive array of semi-autonomous and safety features.
the popularity of the BMW 5 Series saw more than 7.6m sold across the first six generations. Now the new sporty, elegant and stylish seventhgeneration BMW 5 Series sedan aims to capitalise on that popularity and success. The new BMW 5 Series hits the roads in South Africa this month with enhanced dynamics, a formidable line-up of assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and a new and innovative operating system.
“The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series points the way into the future, as we have defined it with our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. We see technological leadership, emotionally rich products and digitalisation as essential factors in achieving success. I’m in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically,” says Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management at BMW AG.
ENHANCED DESIGN AND AERODYNAMICS
Slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the quintessential sporty business sedan exudes elegance, style and athletic prowess. A flowing roofline to the wide rear end and short front overhang underscore the premium sedan’s elongated silhouette and muscularity.
It is 100kg lighter than its predecessor and drag has been reduced by 10%. Both contribute to a performance that is more dynamic than that of the previous-generation model. Top-class materials and supreme build quality are hallmarks of the 5 Series. Enlarged dimensions, a lowered instrument panel and freestanding display add to the roominess of the sophisticated interior.
Extended storage options, greater legroom and headroom for rear passengers, comfortable leather seats with massage function, four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and air fragrancing maximise the levels of on-board comfort.
Optional rear-seat entertainment includes two 10.2-inch screens with DVD player as well as MP3, USB and headphone connections. Passengers can also access entertainment functions like TV, radio or DVD changer and surf the internet.
Luggage capacity is an ample 530 litres. The boot can be automatically closed or opened using the car’s key or by a carefully aimed flick of the foot when standing at the rear of the vehicle.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY, INTUITIVE OPERATION
The latest-generation iDrive system provides the intuitive usability that BMW strives for. Now there are multiple ways for the driver to interact with the system.
Apart from usual manner of using the iDrive Controller, the driver can use gestures, voice control or the 10.25-inch touch screen to access navigation, telephone and entertainment features as well as vehicle functions.
BMW gesture control allows simple movements of the hand or fingers to be detected by a 3D sensor and translated into commands for a variety of functions.
There is no need to use set spoken commands with BMW’s Intelligent Voice Assist. Now BMW 5 Series drivers can formulate their requests in everyday language and simply ask, for example, where the nearest Italian restaurant is.
Helping drivers keep eyes on the road, the luxury sedan’s multicolour head-up display projects a wealth of information onto the windscreen including current traffic conditions, navigation instructions or warnings from the driver assistance systems.