The all-new BMW 5-Series was launched in India, with prices starting at INR 49.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The seventh generation of the premium sedan was unveiled by Sachin Tendulkar, the brand ambassador for BMW India.Locally produced at the BMW Plant Chennai, the 5-Series will be available in diesel and petrol variants at all BMW dealerships across India from 1 July 2017. The new BMW 5-Series will be available in three design schemes – Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport.
The 5-Series Sport Line features numerous trim elements in high-gloss black, special colours in the interior, leather steering and light-alloy wheels in a bi-colour polished finish. The 5-Series Luxury Line receives its design elements in high-gloss chrome and matching wheels, aluminium door sill plates, sports leather steering wheel, exclusive colours for the ambient lighting and chrome edging for the air vents. In the M Sport package, the model features the M aerodynamic package, M light-alloy wheels, M badging, sporty cockpit design with M leather steering wheel and comfort seats in the front with Nappa Leather upholstery as standard. The 5-Series is available in three diesel variants – the BMW 520d Sport Line, the BMW 520d Luxury Line and the BMW 530d M Sport and in one petrol variant, the BMW 530i Sport Line.
The new 5-Series comes equipped with technologies such as BMW gesture control, remote control parking with BMW display key, wireless charging, parking assistant with surround view and BMW Heads-Up Display (HUD). The Gesture Control is part of a operating concept that recognizes six pre-defined hand movements for control of a number of functions. This includes volume control, accepting or rejecting phone calls, acknowledging check control messages, closing an information window, changing the camera angle etc. There is also the option of pairing a specific gesture with an individual choice of function.
With the remote control parking and the display key with touchscreen, a driver can manoeuvre the 5-Series into a narrow parking space from outside the car. The driver activates the remote-controlled parking function from outside the vehicle via the BMW display key. Besides other information, the smart key also displays service reminders, cabin temperature, mileage range and fuel level. All acceleration and braking actions are monitored and controlled by the Park Distance Control (PDC), the Parking Assistant with the Surround View camera, while the engine can be started and switched off by remote control. Surround View shows a bird’s-eye view of the driver’s car as well as a three-dimensional image of the traffic situation. Any obstacles or other road users that suddenly appear can be spotted even earlier in this way. The smartphone holder integrated into the centre console which allows inductive, wireless charging for mobile phones and the BMW display key.
The 2017 5-Series offers more headroom in the rear as well as an increased boot capacity of 400 litres (integrated emergency spare wheel). The car is roomier inside, something which can be attributed not just to the lowered instrument panel and free-standing display, but also to the cabin’s enlarged dimensions, particularly in terms of elbow and shoulder room. Passengers in the rear now have more space to spread out, thanks to the increased knee room and extended legroom.
The BMW 5-Series is equipped with a range of BMW Connected Drive systems like the BMW iDrive with BMW Navigation Professional (with touchscreen), park distance control and parking assistant with surround view camera that provides a 360-degree view, BMW apps, connectivity through Bluetooth and USB/Aux-In connectivity. The Head-Up display in the M Sport variant is now 70 percent larger than before. The rear-seat entertainment experience equipment includes two 10 inch colour displays on the rear side of the front seat backrests. It also includes a Blu-ray player, an HDMI connection for mobile devices, as well as various connections for MP3 players, game consoles. Up to three sets of headphones can be connected via the integrated wireless interface.
The all new 2017 BMW 5-Series can be had with three engine options. The three-litre six-cylinder diesel engine in the 530d guise produces 265 hp and 620 Nm of torque. The car accelerates from 0 -100 kmph in 5.7 seconds to a top speed of 250 kmph. The two- litre four cylinder petrol engine in the 530i guise produces 252 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The car accelerates from 0 -100 kmph in 6.2 seconds. The two-litre four cylinder diesel engine in the 520d guise produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The car accelerates from 0 -100 kmph in 7.5 seconds. The eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission performs smooth, almost imperceptible gear shifts. This transmission is also available with steering wheel paddle shifters.
Another highlight of the new BMW 5-Series is the dynamic damper control that improves ride quality and suspension by stabilizing all irregularities of the road surface. Using the driving experience control switch, the driver is able to choose between different driving modes to suit the driving conditions (Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco Pro and Adaptive).
Safety features on the new BMW 5-Series include six air bags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), side-impact protection, run-flat tyres with reinforced sidewalls, electronic vehicle immobiliser, crash sensor and an integrated emergency spare wheel.
Following are the ex-showroom prices (effective 1 July 2017):
BMW 530i Sport Line: INR 49.90 lakh
BMW 520d Sport Line: INR 4 9.90 lakh
BMW 520d Luxury Line: INR 53.60 lakh
BMW 530d M Sport: INR 61.30 lakh