The New Business Class – The Facelifted 5 Series
Introduced in 1972, the BMW 5 Series has been the brands representer in the executive class, facing competition such as the Mercedes Benz E -Class and the Audi A6. Now in it’s 7th generation, it has just received its LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) – BMW’s talk for facelift and they have taken a car that already looked great, and made it even more appealing.
The front facia now sports a bigger, single frame angular grille, which now aligns the 5s design with the newer BMW models, this coupled with the redesigned headlights gives the facelift a focused, aggressive yet elegant look. The new lights are LED as standard and Adaptive LED headlights with Matrix function can be had as an option, along with BMW Laser lights. The side of the car has not changed, except there are now new alloy wheels that can be chosen as an option, these come in 18 to 20 inch, and there’s even a new BMW Individual Air Performance Wheel that, in our opinion, look spectacular. The Air Performance wheel offers minimised air resistance and less weight as well. The rear taillights have also been revised, and though they still offer the typical L-shape design synonymous with BMW, they are now three dimensionally sculptured and if recent BMWs are anything to go by, these should be nice to look at up close. As part of the LCI, the 5 Series will be offered with 4 new colors, including the beautiful Phytonic Blue Metallic.
As standard, BMW offers the 5 Series with a 10.25 inch control display (this can be upgraded to a 12.3 inch screen as an option) – and the big news with the upgraded infotainment system (which now comes with BMWs brillian iDrive 7). is that it now supports Android Auto. BMW now offers 2 new trims for the interior and as part of the iDrive 7, the Intelligent Personal Assistant – which will “wake up” when you say “Hey BMW” and will respond to your voice commands. There’s now also a new feature called BMW Drive Recorder, which will allow the drive to record 40 seconds of video footage using the cameras.
The biggest upgrades on the facelifted 5 Series are the engines, which are now all mild hybrids.
These come in the form of:
- BMW 520i – And this uses a 2-litre petrol, producing 135kW and 290Nm – this allows the car to go from standstill to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds and because of the mild-hybrid tech, it achieves, according to BMW. 5.5l/100km
- BMW 530I – This is also powered by a 2-litre petrol engine, which produces 185kW and 350Nm. 0 to 100km/h is achieved in 6.4 seconds. And a fuel consumption of 5.3l/100km.
- BMW 540i – Powered by 3-litre, 6 cylinder engine, producing 245kW and 450Nm, and this pushes the car from standstill to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and according to BMW, achieves a fuel consumption of 6.3l/100km.
Diesels models will include:
- BMW 520d – powered by a 2-litre diesel engine producing 140kW and 400Nm, able to propel the car from 0 to 100km/h in 7.2 and BMW claims a fuel consumption of just 4.1l/100km.
- BMW 530d – powered by a 3-litre 6 cylinder diesel engine, producing 210kW and 650Nm, fuel consumption is rated at 4.9l/100km and a 0 to 100 of 5.7 seconds.
There are new plug-in hybrid models that introduced with the facelift, namely the BMW 530e and from November, the 545e.
Having sold over 600 000 units, there is no question whether the facelift 5 series will be a success – the question should however be, how much more of a success will it be seeing as Mercedes-Benz has recently upgraded their E-Class as well. Interesting times ahead.