BMW_5_Series_frontAn updated BMW 5 Series will be here in October and feature enhanced powertrains and integrated technology elements including the BMW Operating System 7.0 and a high definition 12.3-inch centre control display.

The BMW kidney grille adds extra width and height, drops down further into the front apron and is framed by a single-piece, octagonal surround.

New full-LED headlights include adaptive cornering function, BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam with matrix technology and the High-beam Assistant.

The rear lights and brake lights are integrated into a shared light fixture that now forms a single unit with the prominently three-dimensional external lens.

An interesting new option is BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line has the kidney grille finished in high-gloss black and tailpipe finishers in dark chrome.

The new BMW M Sport package brings a significantly more muscular design to both the front and rear of the vehicle thanks to new, dynamically proportioned aerodynamic features.

Inside is a standard 12.3-inch control display, redesigned centre console controls and standard sports leather steering wheel with newly arranged multifunction buttons.

The smartphone integration function is now compatible with both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while Remote Software Upgrade enables improved vehicle functions and additional digital services to be imported over the air.

The latest version of the optional Integral Active Steering can help the driver’s aid when manoeuvring by turning the rear wheels as required even at speeds up to 3km/h.

A new Drive Recorder system lets drivers capture and store videos of the scene around the vehicle, while the new 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.

BMW Live Cockpit Professional brings the new BMW Operating System 7.0 to the BMW
5 Series, together with many additional digital services.


In addition to calculating routes and arrival times with remarkable speed and precision and updating real-time traffic data at short intervals, the new cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps also allows drivers enter any word when selecting a destination.

The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with extended functionality is also now available in the new BMW 5 Series as a standard feature.

Alongside the 390kW V8 under the bonnet of the range-topping BMW M550i xDrive sedan, the new BMW 5 Series comes with a choice of two other petrol engines, one diesel engine and one plug-in hybrid generating between 135kW and 215kW.

The 530e plug-in hybrid model also now includes the new XtraBoost function as standard equipment. The feature delivers an additional dose of power under vigorous acceleration with the joint output of the two power sources increased by 30kW up to a maximum of 215kW for up to 10 seconds.


All engines link up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is offered on the M550i xDrive and M550i xDrive Pure.

The new BMW 5 Series will arrive in Australia this October with pricing and specification details to be announced in the lead up to launch.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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