In the flesh: first pictures and Irish pricing of new BMW 5-Series
Here it is in the flesh folks! The long-awaited new BMW 5-Series was finally unveiled to the world press yesterday and here's the first pictures, details and Irish pricing.
The long-awaited 5-Series BMW was unveiled to the Irish press yesterday, and is technically on sale now.
However, don't going rushing down to your local dealer as it won't arrive on our shores until next February, but you can pre-order yours now.
Prices will start at €52,800 (€56,340 xDrive) on the road (OTR) for the 520d SE, which is a fair jump over the outgoing model, but thankfully, there is a lot more standard equipment and new toys that have trickled down from the 7-Series in to this new model.
The 530d is €65,710 for two-wheel drive model and €69,480 with xDrive.
On the petrol front, the 530i costs from €60,570, while the 540i xDrive starts at €77,240.
This seventh generation model uses the very latest technology from within BMW to create a saloon that’s more refined than ever before, significantly lighter, safer, and more fuel efficient.
On the outside, twin circular headlights that now have glass headlight coers connect seamlessly with the familiar BMW kidney grille.
LED headlights are standard, while the Adaptive LED Headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option with BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high beam with a range of up to 500 metres.
The interior of the new BMW 5 Series Saloon strikes a fine balance between sporty driver focus and sophisticated elegance.
The new BMW 5 Series actually offers noticeably more headroom than previously in the rear, despite the flowing roofline, as well as an increased boot capacity of 530 litres.
The boot sill has been lowered compared to its predecessor, which combines with the larger boot opening and the substantial increase in width to ensure that even bulky items can be loaded more easily than ever before.
BMW Gesture Control for key functions was premiered last year in the BMW 7 Series, and the new BMW 5 Series Saloon now features the latest version of this (optional) system
Professional Navigation, RTTI, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualised on the standard high-resolution 10.25- inch screen and controlled not just in the usual manner using the iDrive Controller, but also by means of gestures, voice commands or simply touching the buttons on the touch-sensitive display.
The four-cylinder diesel engine powering the BMW 520d has an output of 190hp at 4,000rpm and unleashes its maximum torque of 400Nm.
Gearshifts are made with the eight-speed Steptronic. Fuel consumption with the eight-speed Steptronic is a claimed 4.1l/100km, resulting in CO2 emissions of 108g/km.
Finally, for now at least, the most potent diesel is the 250kphBMW 530d, producing 265hp and 620Nm.
Along with these impressive performance figures, the BMW 530d achieves a claimed 4.7l/100km, equating to CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
The volume engines available at launch can be specified with BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system (20d, 30d, 40i).
Besides the familiar handling benefits of all-wheel drive in adverse weather conditions, xDrive also enhances the agility of the driving experience.
A plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series Saloon will also be launched in March in the form of the BMW 530e iPerformance model.
The BMW eDrive system and a four-cylinder petrol engine work in perfect unison to achieve ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, while generating overall output of 252hp.
Fuel consumption is a remarkably claimed 2.1l/100km. The BMW 530e iPerformance can reach a top speed of 140kph in all-electric mode and has an electric range of up to 46 kilometres.
Besides the fuel-efficient power units, various other efficiency-enhancing details have been included.
For example, there’s the ECO Pro mode with Proactive Driving Assistant, which can be activated with the Drive Performance Control switch.
It is interlinked with the Professional Navigation system, enabling it to detect braking situations in advance – such as when entering built-up areas, speed limit zones, corners and filter lanes – and prepare the drive system accordingly.
Chassis and Safety
With a redesigned chassis and intelligent lightweight engineering, the BMW 5 Series has new a double-wishbone front axle along with options Dynamic Damper Control and Adaptive drive system.
With its unusually extensive range of driver assistance systems, the new BMW 5 Series Saloon supports the driver both when performing routine tasks and in complicated or difficult driving situations.
These systems include Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) as standard and as options; Active Cruise Control (ACC), Speed Limit Info, Driving Assistant Plus safety package includes the Lane Keeping Assistant, Lane Departure Warning system, Lane Change Warning along with Driving Assist Plus (an evasion aid up to 155kph).
BMW Connected Drive
The new BMW 5 Series Saloon sets new standards for connectivity between the driver, vehicle and outside world such as Optional Remote Control Parking – as seen first on the new BMW 7 Series – and the optional Parking Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus packages, enable automated parking with the greatest of ease in both parallel parking spaces and perpendicular or angled spaces.
Surround View and Remote 3D View offer peace of mind to anyone who frequently finds themselves manoeuvring in awkward traffic situations in city centres by allowing them to keep an eye on the area surrounding their BMW 5 Series at all times.
Mobile phones with inductive charging preparation can be supplied with power wirelessly. The options list also includes a WiFi hotspot offering a high-speed internet connection (LTE) for up to ten mobile devices.
The BMW EfficientLightweight concept has been rigorously applied throughout the new BMW 5 Series.
Using an intelligent multi-material mix consisting of aluminium, high-tensile steels and magnesium, up to 100 kilograms has been shaved off the weight of the previous model, while body strength and torsional stiffness have been increased.