BMW’s all new mid-size sedan is set to debut at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show in January and will showcase some of the German marque’s latest technologies and innovations.
The new model will feature BMW’s new CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform that will reduce weight by up to 100 kilograms over the previous F10 model. Extensive use of lightweight high strength steels, aluminium as well as carbon fibre will ensure that not only will the G30 5 Series drive better but it will boast significantly lower consumption and emissions figures as well.
The G30 will pack some of the firms latest technologies from their existing line-up as well as debuting some brand new features of its own. Carried over from the 7 series are features such as BMW Laser Light headlights, gesture control for the touch sensitive iDrive screen and adaptive air suspension with dynamic driving mode that adapts the chassis according to road conditions
Brand new to the G30 will be the addition of Apple Carplay and Andriod Auto integration into the iDrive system for seamless smartphone connectivity, as well as a new Head Up Display system with augmented reality. This new version of the firms revolutionary HUD system can display road data and route information at specific points along your journey, including distance to the car ahead, possible blind curves in the road, objects obstructing the road and warn of poor visibility coming up on your route.
Building upon the semi-autonomous driving abilities of its 7 Series sibling, the new G30 5 series is adding even more abilities to its autonomous armory. It will debut a new ACC system with a “stop-and-go” feature that can operate at speeds of up to 130 km/h. This autopilot mode uses cameras and sensors to recognize speed limits and objects that can, coupled with a new boosted braking system, bring the car to a complete stop if necessary.
The engine line-up of the new G30 5 series will feature a host of new Twin Power turbo petrol and diesel engines boasting improved performance as well as reduced fuel consumption.
Four cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines all come in 2.0 format with varying power outputs, kicking off the petrol line-up with a 137kW 520i, next up will be the 172kW 525i, topping the four-pot petrols will be the 530i packing a healthy 188kW. Similarly, diesels will range from 520d and 525d, putting out 140kW and 172kW respectively, with a possible 518d entry level model coming in the future sporting a three-pot motor putting out approximately 110kW.
The six cylinder Twin Power Turbo engines will serve duty in the petrol 540i, kicking out a juicy 243kW from the uprated B58 motor. Diesel six cylinders comprise both 530d and 540d, with outputs of 192kW and 233kW respectively.
Topping off the petrol line up is rumored to be a new M550i, replacing the conventional 550i with a new M Performance variant. This model is said to have a revised version of the N63 4.4 TwinTurbo V8, good for around 340kW. This model will feature a BMW M performance tuned suspension, M aero parts and possibly an optional limited-slip differential. The M550i can also be optioned with BMW’s xDrive, all-wheel-drive system.
In addition, the G30 5 series is said to have three versions of the plug-in hybrid system. Badged 530e, 540e and 550e, they will sport varying outputs and have a “zero emissions range” of 40 to 50 km and a maximum speed in electric only mode of 120km/h.
Sales for the brand new G30 BMW 5 series should commence in early 2017, shortly after the car’s Detroit Motor Show debut.