Singapore. BMW Asia and Performance Motors Limited today announced the availability of the new BMW 5 Series. A heightened sense of outward authority, an interior brimming with detail refinements, the efficiency-enhancing influence of electrification, and cutting-edge innovations in the areas of driver assistance, control/operation and connectivity help the new BMW 5 Series to cement its position as a particularly sporty, efficient and progressive addition to the premium end of the executive class.
The use of mild hybrid technology with a 48V starter-generator will be rolled out to all models in Singapore. The most important new features of the interior include the display and operation system, which now also encompasses a Control Display measuring up to 12.3 inches. Added to which, the introduction of BMW Operating System 7.0 now brings owners the services of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The addition of, for example, the optional Steering and Lane Control Assistant – with Active Navigation and the likewise new automatic formation of emergency lane functions – to the list of driver assistance systems takes the new BMW 5 Series another few steps along the road to automated driving.
Exterior design: increased presence and exquisite sporting style.
The exterior design of the new BMW 5 Series is headlined by sporting grace and clean surfaces. Precise modifications showcase the car’s presence and exquisite sporting style even more vividly. The BMW kidney grille adds extra width and height, drops down further into the front apron and is framed by a single-piece surround. The slimmer contouring of the headlights brings a modern twist to the focussed look familiar from BMW’s past and present.
L-shaped daytime driving light sources arranged next to one another create a precise and modern light graphic. New full-LED headlights including adaptive cornering function, BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam with matrix technology, and the High-beam Assistant are offered as standard while the BMW Laserlight is optional. The outer daytime driving lights also perform the role of turn indicators.
Black edging and a new L-shaped graphic give the rear lights of the new BMW 5 Series additional visual impact. The rear lights and brake lights are integrated into a shared light fixture, which now forms a single unit with the prominently three-dimensional external lens. Regardless of the equipment line and engine specified, all models of the new BMW 5 Series come with trapezoidal tailpipe finishers.
M Sport package, BMW Individual Air Performance Wheels and M Sport Edition raise exclusivity another notch.
The M Sport package brings a significantly more muscular design to both the front and rear of the car thanks to new, dynamically proportioned aerodynamic features. New exterior colours and the optional BMW Individual Air Performance Wheels – making their debut here – provide additional enhancements. The innovative construction of the exclusive light-alloy wheels brings about a reduction in weight and drag coefficient. In addition, a new M Sport Edition version of the new BMW 5 Series will be available from launch in a worldwide production run of 1,000 units while limited units will make its way to Singapore. Its exclusive specification includes the M Sport package, model-specific Air Performance Wheels, a Donington Grey metallic paint finish and new M multifunction seats – previously reserved for the BMW M5 – with integral head restraints and optimised side and shoulder support. Their range of functions includes electric adjustment of the seat position, backrest angle and width, thigh support and head restraint height.
Interior: 12.3-inch Control Display, new equipment options.
The now standard 10.25-inch (standard on the new BMW 520i and new BMW 530e) or 12.3-inch Control Display (standard on the new BMW 520i Luxury Line, new BMW 530i M Sport and new BMW 530i M Sport Edition), newly designed controls on the centre console and the standard sports leather steering wheel with newly arranged multifunction buttons headline an interior brimming with detail refinements. Standard equipment for the new BMW 5 Series now also includes automatic climate control with extended features. New additions to the options list include M multifunction seats with a wide range of adjustment, new interior trim strips and seat surfaces in Sensatec perforated trim.
48V mild hybrid technology for all models.
Mild hybrid technology will now offer enhanced performance combined with lower fuel consumption and improved driving comfort of the new BMW 5 Series. Fitting an extremely powerful 48V starter-generator and a second battery enables a significant increase in the amount of brake energy that can be regenerated and stored. This energy is used not just for supplying the electrical system, but also for lightening the combustion engine’s workload and boosting its power.
The starter-generator produces an electric boost effect that instantly puts an additional 8 kW / 11 hp on tap, bringing extra dynamism to overtaking and off-the-line acceleration. The powerful starter-generator also increases efficiency by assisting the engine when driving at constant speeds and improves comfort when the Auto Start Stop and coasting functions are in use.
Further developed powertrain and chassis technology.
The new BMW 5 Series comes with a choice of two petrol engines with power output of 184 hp and 252 hp, and one plug-in hybrid model with a combined system output of 292 hp. The direct injection system operates at increased pressure, meaning greater efficiency. All the engines link up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
There is a choice of sophisticated chassis systems designed to effectively enhance either agility and dynamism or driving comfort. M Sport suspension, Adaptive M suspension, and Adaptive M suspension Professional including active roll stabilisation can all be found on the options list. The latest version of the optional Integral Active Steering can come to the driver’s aid when manoeuvring by turning the rear wheels as required even at speeds under 3 km/h. Red callipers are now available as an alternative to the blue units as a visual differentiator for the M Sport brakes.
Driver assistance systems offering additional functions.
The driver assistance systems available for the new BMW 5 Series serve to both enhance driving comfort on long journeys and increase safety in situations where the driver does not have a clear view. The Lane Departure Warning system included with the standard Driving Assistant now also features lane return by means of steering assistance. The updated Steering and Lane Control Assistant included as part of the new Driving Assistant Professional package (optional) also brings Active Navigation.
The Parking Assistant’s range of functions has been extended with the addition of the Reversing Assistant, which takes control of the steering while backing up for distances of up to 50 metres. The new Drive Recorder lets drivers shoot and store videos of the scene around the vehicle. In addition, the 3D visualisation of the surrounding area in the instrument cluster provides an enhanced overview of the current traffic situation, the status of the driver assistance systems and the possible courses of action they offer.
New digital services: BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Smartphone Integration, Remote Software Upgrade.
Both the BMW Live Cockpit Plus (standard on the new BMW 520i) and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional (standard on all other variants) bring the new BMW Operating System 7.0 to the new BMW 5 Series, together with a host of extra digital services. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with extended functionality is also now available in the new BMW 5 Series as a standard feature.
The standard Smartphone Integration function is now compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Remote Software Upgrade is another new feature that enables improved vehicle functions and additional digital services to be imported into the car over the air.
BMW Digital Key for the iPhone.
The BMW Digital Key for the iPhone will enable customers to just tap to unlock and easily get going by placing the iPhone in the smartphone tray and pushing the start button. Setup of the Digital Key can be done through the BMW Connected App. The car owner can also share access with up to five friends including a configurable car access option for young drivers which restricts top speed, horse power, maximum radio volume and more. Management of access can be done from inside the car as well as through Apple Wallet.