BMW 5-Series 2010-2011 officially revealed
The outgoing BMW 5-Series has been out of production for several months now, so it comes as no surprise that the all-new BMW 5-Series is ready to hit the roads as a 2010 model, or 2011 as some may call it. Based on a shortened version of the new 7-Series platform, the 5-Series is longer than before, and comes with more space than the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, mated with engines that debuted in the hideous 5-Series Gran Turismo wagon earlier this year.
After flirting with funky design ideas, the 2010-2011 BMW 5-Series goes back to its roots of conservatively stylish cues. With the longest wheelbase in the segment and a swoopy coupe-like roofline, it is already guaranteed to be a sales success, compared to its bloated German competitors.
At launch, the new BMW 5-Series sedan will be available with a choice of a 400 hp turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 in the 550i with 609 Nm of torque, or a 300 hp turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 engine in the 535i with 406 Nm of torque. The 535i and 550i will be available with a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Later, the BMW 528i will debut with a 240 hp 3.0-litre inline-6.
The BMW 550i is being touted as the performance flagship for now, with a 0-100 kph time of just over 5 seconds and a limited top speed of 240 kph.
When equipped with the Sport Package, the BMW 5-Series includes Adaptive Drive, which encompasses Driving Dynamics Control, Electronic Damper Control, and Active Roll Stabilisation. Optional Integral Active Steering will virtually change the steering ratio for improved stability at high speeds and ease of turning at lower speeds. Models also get an electronic limited-slip differential, 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, newly-designed electric power steering, stability control with sport mode, active blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning, night vision with pedestrian detection and turning Xenon headlights, among other gadgets.
BMW EfficientDynamics technologies are featured in appropriate combinations on each model, including features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, a gearshift point indicator, active cooling air flaps, and on-demand operation of engine accessory drives. Lightweight materials are used to balance the vehicle and lower its overall weight, with components such as doors, bonnet, front fenders and suspension assemblies made of aluminium.
The driver assistance systems offered with the new 5 Series include an all-new Parking Assistant, Top View cameras, and Frontal Collision Warning with application of the brakes when ordered with Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go. Other driver assistance features available include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, a Head-Up Display, BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.
With the new 5-Series sedan, BMW’s 4th-generation iDrive control screen appears in two versions — with 7-inch dimensions and 800×480 resolution in standard form, or with the optional navigation system, in a 10.2-inch 1280×480 version with a wider range of features and functions as in the new BMW 7-Series.
Expect the new model to debut in the UAE and other GCC countries before the summer of 2010. Keep track of updates in the BMW 5-Series buyer guide.