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BMW unveils 2018 5 Seriesby Drew Johnson
The new BMW 5 Series will launch early next year.
BMW has formally unveiled its all-new 2018 5 Series sedan. Representing the 7th generation of the sports sedan, the 2018 5 Series is slated to arrive in BMW showrooms this February.
Although a brand new model, the 2018 5 Series is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The new model sports LED Adaptive headlights as standard, as well as shorter front and rear overhangs. The latest 5 Series retains BMW's signature kidney grille and twin circular headlights.
Inside the 2018 5 Series is also similar to today's model, but there have been a few technological updates. The 5 Series now boasts the same gesture control system that launched in the flagship 7 Series, and the mid-size sedan also gets a 10.25-inch high-resolution infotainment screen with an iDrive 6.0 touchpad controller. Passengers should also be more comfortable in the new 5 Series thanks to front seats with an available massage function.
The new 5 Series range will kick off with the 530i. It will use a four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which BMW says is good enough to scoot the 530i from 0-60 in as little as 5.8 seconds.
At launch the 540i will serve as the flagship 5 Series model. Motivation for the 540i will be provided by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine good for 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. In its most potent form, the 540i is capable of accelerating from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.
Both the 530i and 540i will be available with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. Likewise, an M Sport Package will also be available. That package will include an M Aerodynamic kit, Shadowline exterior trim, a lowered M suspension and 19-inch wheels.
BMW promises that the 2018 5 Series will be a sharper handler than its predecessor thanks to a revised suspension and the use of lightweight materials that has reduced the car's weight by 137 pounds. An available rear steering system — which can be had on both rear- and all-wheel drive cars — can also be specified.
The 2018 5 Series is available with a comprehensive safety suite that includes active cruise control with stop and go, active lane departure warning and semi-automated steering. BMW says most of those systems will work between 0-130mph.
As you'd expect of a high-dollar luxury car, the 5 Series uses an integrated navigation system, but it does have one unique feature up its sleeve. BMW says the system is capable of learning your driving habits, meaning if you diverge from a suggested route, the car will set the route you take as the default route the next time that destination is selected.
BMW will announce pricing for the 2018 5 Series closer to its 2017 introduction.