BMW’s much awaited 5 Series, finally has its wraps off. The car share’s its platform with the recently-launched BMW 5-series GT, which itself uses a chopped down 7-series platform. The car is slightly larger than the outgoing model but thanks to weight-saving measures it is no heavier. However, BMW has abandoned its use of lightweight aluminum on key parts of the car, opting instead for an all-steel arrangement.
Overall, the 5-series feels more sober and is in keeping with the overall character that promises better ride comfort and space for the back seat passengers.
BMW has finally made the shift from electro-hydraulic steering systems in favor of a full electric setup with speed dependent assist. The car has bunched all parameters affecting the drive experience under the DDC (Driver Dynamic Control), it has settings for normal, comfort, sport and sport+. Change in the settings will adjust the suspension settings, the gear change point and nature, throttle response and even how much the ESP will cut in.
As far as the engine is concerned, BMW will unload a bonnet full off fire power. The petrol options include two naturally aspirated models – the 523i with 201bhp and the 528i with 254bhp. The single turbo 535i pumps out 302bhp while the top of the line V8 550i is good for 401bhp.
The diesel range includes 520d, 525d and 530d, all of which have done duty in Indian BMW’s before. However, BMW’s new 8-speed gearbox is also available now and all cars will come with stop-start as standard, all in a bid to reduce fuel consumption.
The BMW 5-series will go on sale in Europe after the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010.
Source: Autocar and Car Magazine UK