BMW has just pulled back the sheets on the 2017 5 Series (G30) model generation. Overall, this new generation looks similar to the previous, with minor changes made to the front and rear fascias being the noticeable differences. Although there are a quite a few less obvious modifications that set the new model apart from its predecessor.
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On the outside, the new generation’s size is only increased by 1.2 inches in length, 0.3 inches in width and 0.6 inches in its height. But even with these increases in size, the weight has been reduced by 220 lbs when compared to its predecessor. This is all thanks to the application of the “BMW EfficientLightweight” lightweight design concept, which increases the amount of aluminum and steels used in the car.
Riding the wave of automated driving, BMW has added a few new assistance systems to make driving safer than ever. The stereo camera, optional radar and ultrasound sensors work together to monitor the car’s surroundings. Systems utilizing the information provided by these monitoring components include the Lane Change Assistant, Lane keeping assistant and Active Cruise Control.
Inside, the G30 generation is similar to the previous generation with just a few changes. As for legroom, the rear passengers have an extra 1.2 inches of space. While the front seats don’t seem to get any extra space, the driver and front passenger can get the optional massage function. Technology in the cabin includes the WiFi hotspot, wireless charging, new infotainment user interface, Gesture Control, latest Head-Up Display and more.
As for the engine types that will be available at launch, there will be two: the 530i and 540i. The 530i is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine thats capable of 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This power lets the sedan sprint 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, as well as top out at 130 mph. As for the top-of-the-line 540i, it houses a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that can put out 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. If customers opt for the M Sport Package, the limited top speed of both models is increased to 155 mph.
Pricing of the new 2017 BMW 5 Series hasn’t been released yet, but it will come to light the closer we get to February 2017 when the car hits dealerships.