Today saw the launch of one of India’s (and the world’s) most popular premium sedan – the all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series.
BMW refers to it as The Business Athlete – and why not? The car is a massive leap forward in every way with efficient lightweight construction lowering the weight by up to 70 kilograms as compared to the predecessor.
Even when standing still, the BMW 5 Series creates a powerful impression. In the seventh generation of the sportiest business saloon, kidney grille and headlights are directly linked for the first time ever. The low roof line sloping to the rear lends the muscular body an elegant coupé-like silhouette. And the broad rear emphasises the high performance capacity of the BMW 5 Series.
Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “The BMW 5 Series is the most successful business sedan on the planet. It brings together sporting agility, presence and comfort like no other vehicle. With the new generation of the car we are once again setting the benchmark in all areas; it combines dynamic excellence and comfort to the best possible effect. Plus, the all-new 5 Series Sedan is at the leading edge of technology when it comes to driver assistance and connectivity. So it promises to remain the most successful business sedan in the market.”
Last year, we reviewed the BMW India Flagship, The Outstanding BMW 7 Series! BMW has gone ahead and served up a baby 7 series in the form of the new 5 series with many features and technologies inherited from the elder sibling like for example:
Gesture Control: Yes, you read it right. You can now communicate with your vehicle through gestures. Point down to answer a call, brush aside to decline it. Gesture turning your fingers clockwise to increase the volume & anti-clockwise to decrease. You can assign a sixth customisable function by pointing both fingers in a poking motion. You can also talk to your car & expect her to recognise common tasks & phrases like for example, “call my wife”
So no need to look at the dashboard distracting you or your driver from the primary task of driving this beauty.
Remote Control Parking and BMW Display Key with touchscreen: A driver can manoeuvre the all-new BMW 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.
Wireless Charging: The smartphone holder integrated into the centre console allows for inductive charging for mobile phones and the BMW Display key. So you can just blindly drop your phone off into the console and forget about it, it will always exit the console with more power then when you put it in. There are also additional USB ports. A roof aerial connection improves mobile reception.
BMW Head-Up display: Fighter-jet and modern airliner style full-colour BMW Head-Up Display in the M Sport variant projects information that is situation-specific and relevant to the journey directly into the driver’s field of vision, thereby allowing him or her to fully concentrate on driving. Data such as speed is displayed, along with navigation tips, Speed Limit Info including no-overtaking indicator, telephone and entertainment lists, and information and warnings from the various driver assistance systems.
Rear-seat Entertainment Experience: With a car like this, the real magic is always on the inside. An Ambient Lighting package with six dimmable designs creates an atmosphere for every mood. Rear-seat entertainment Experience is operated using BMW Touch Command. It includes two 10” 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, etc. Up to three sets of headphones can be connected via the integrated wireless interface.
The car sports Harman Kardon Surround System. Supreme listening pleasure and a magnificent driving sensation merge into one unique experience with sixteen active speakers producing a total of 600 watts of acoustic excellence.
The seats are upholstered in exclusive, high-quality Nappa Leather with special stitching with piping in contrast for pure elegance and unmistakable presence.
The automatic air conditioning with 4 zone comes with separate temp control and blowers for driver, front passenger and also left and right rear passengers, along with two air vents in the B columns.
The all-new BMW 5 Series provides unparalleled performance coupled with cutting-edge Safety technologies. BMW’s exemplary safety provides optimal support in any situation with 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, Runflat tyres (RFT) with reinforced sidewalls, electronic vehicle immobiliser, crash sensor and integrated emergency spare wheel.
The all-new BMW 5 Series is available in three exclusive design schemes – Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport offer options that meet individual requirements.
The Sport Line as the name suggests, features sporty styling shining the spotlight on the car’s dynamic character and stands out with numerous trim elements in high-gloss black, special colours in the interior, sports leather steering and light-alloy wheels in a bi-colour polished finish.
The Luxury Line features elegant contours and endows elegance through its fine design elements of 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.
The M Sport version is a masculine character distinguishing itself as an elite sports model with M aerodynamic package, M light-alloy wheels, M badging , an extremely sporty cockpit design with M leather steering wheel and comfort seats in the front with Exclusive Nappa Leather upholstery as standard.
The ex-showroom prices (effective 1 July 2017):
BMW 530i Sport Line : INR 49.9 Lakhs
BMW 520d Sport Line : INR 49.9 Lakhs
BMW 520d Luxury Line : INR 53.6 Lakhs
BMW 530d M Sport : INR 61.3 Lakhs
Photos by Vishal Jolapara