February next year will see the debut of a new version of one of the most important cars: the 2017 BMW 5 Series. Unveiled to us now on the web, the new 5er is both incredibly exciting, since it’s a new and thoroughly improved 5 Series, and also somewhat boring, because it’s a mid-size executive saloon and these things are inherently uninteresting.
The 2017 BMW 5 Series, as you would expect, comes with a host of new features, equipment, and technologies. But before all that, let’s check out the looks of the car. Following the absolutely insane early 2000s when the 5 Series suddenly went crazy and acquired the weirdest look ever given to a car in this segment, BMW has been constantly toning down the 5er and making as conservative as possible. One could argue that with the new G30 series they have fallen off the other edge. This one is not crazy, but it’s just so incredibly bland. It’s just some car with headlights, four doors, and a boot.
But if you gloss over that, the 2017 BMW 5 Series is about as fine as cars get in this and any other segment. Some of the technology highlights of the new model include Integral Active Steering now combinable with xDrive (BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system), Driver and Parking Assistance Systems and Adaptive Mode including Dynamic Damper Control, iDrive 6.0 with Gesture Control, the latest generation of Head-Up Display, Remote 3D View and an improved Voice Control, Remote Control Parking and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
As for the powertrain, the new 5 Series comes with a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder inline engine in the BMW 530i packing 248 hp, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder in the 540i with 335 hp. Naturally, you will get an M5 and a M550 super diesel in due course, but upon launch you can improve your 5er with a M Sport Package the highlights of which include M Aerodynamic kit (front apron with larger air intakes, side skirt trim, a diffusor-style rear apron and an exhaust system with two rectangular tailpipes), Shadowline exterior trim, lowered M Sport suspension and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with Mixed Performance Run-Flat Tires or all-season Run-Flat Tires.