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New BMW 5-series goes public


Hours after a series of undisguised images leaked online, BMW officially took the wraps off its brand new seventh generation 5-series sedan set for introduction in February next year.

As previously reported, the newcomer, which will carry the internal designation G30, boasts styling similar to that of the current 7-series, with a more aggressive appearance thanks to elongated twin-headlights with optional Adaptive LED's, wider kidney grille and a stubbier rear end complete with the seven's trademark L-shaped taillights.

Measuring 4 935 mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2 975 mm, width of 1 868 mm and height of 1 466 mm, the G30 is longer (36 mm), wider (+ six mm), and taller (+ two mm) than the outgoing F10, with BMW also claiming a 100 kg reduction in weight due to its new lightweight Cluster Architecture platform.

Building on the lightweight theme, the revised double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions makes extensive use of aluminium to aid ride and handling qualities, while certain models can be also have with the seven's optional Active Rear-Wheel steering setup.

An optional M Sport pack with lowered suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels and M specific bodykit can also be specified, with all models coming fitted as standard with BMW's Driving Experience Control allowing for the choosing of four modes; Comfort Sport, ECO PRO and optional Adaptive.

Available once again with the option of Sport or Luxury Line equipment levels, the interior is a further nod to the seven with a slightly angled centre facia, freestanding infotainment display screen, Head's Up Display and a myriad of options including Gesture Control, ambient lighting with ambient air package, 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, message seats, 3D surround view camera system, Wi-Fi hotspot, self-parking, Voice Assistant, Active Cruise Control and Professional rear seat entertainment with dual 10.2-inch screens, DVD player and headphones.

Depending on the market, the G30 will initially be offered with a choice of two TwinTurbo petrol engines and two revised turbodiesels.

Replacing the previous 528i, the 530i, despite the badge designation, receives a 2.0-litre turbo with 185 kW and 350 N.m of torque, while the 540i get a 3.0-litre inline six with 250 kW and 450 N.m of torque. xDrive all-wheel drive will became available for the latter only, with a ZF-sourced eight-speed Steptronic being the sole option.

On the diesel front, the 520d retains its predecessor's single turbo 2.0-litre with 140 kW and 400 N.m of torque, while the 530d makes do with a 3.0-litre six churning out 195 kW and 620 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual or eight-speed Steptronic are available for the former with the latter being auto only.

Expected to debut later, the 520d will also be offered under BMW's EfficientDynamics banner with a claimed fuel consumption of 3.9 L/100 km and emissions of 102 g/km. A hybrid model, using the same 2.0-litre engine as the 330e and X5 xDrive 40e, will became available at the same time in the 530e, as well as the xDrive only 550i using a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 developing 340 kW and 650 N.m.

Local pricing and model line-up will be announced closer to launch.

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