BMW Details Semi-Autonomous 2017 5-Series In Video

The 2017 BMW 5-Series is finally official after countless scoops and reports on the matter.

Perhaps the most unsurprising fact about BMW’s new executive sedan is the styling, with the company choosing the evolution path instead of trying to reinvent their image on this -very important for them- segment.

Despite the familiar looks, the seventh generation of the 5-Series comes with some serious firepower on the tech department; in fact this is the brand’s first model to come with several autonomous driving functions, including following the car in front with the hands off the wheel, staying within its lane at speeds up to 130mph (209km/h) and perform lane changes at speeds between 44mph (70km/h) and 112mph (180km/h) just with the use of the indicator.

Initially the engine range will include two petrol and two diesel units: a turbocharged four-cylinder 248hp 2.0-litre petrol for the 530i and a turbocharged 335hp 3.0-litre straight-six for the 540i. Diesel versions kick off with the 520d which is powered by a 187hp 2.0-litre unit, followed by the 530d which has a 261hp 3.0-litre inline-six unit. All engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and can be optionally offered with the brands xDrive AWD system.

BMW will also add the 550d xDrive model to sit on top of the diesel range next year, using a new, quad-turbo (!) 3.0-litre unit with 395hp and 560lb-ft of torque. The petrol range will be topped by the 550i xDrive, at least up until the new M5 arrives, powered by a 455hp twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 and allow for a 0-62mph in 4 seconds flat.

The plug-in hybrid 530e version combines a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre with an electric motor for a total output of 249hp. Fuel economy is rated at just 2.0lt/100km combined (117mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 46g/km according to the EU test cycle.

The new platform means that the new 5-Series, codenamed G30, is now not only lighter by up to 100kg (220lbs) thanks to the extended use of aluminum, magnesium and titanium but also roomier as well, especially at the rear.


  • TheBelltower

    Okay, I take back all the nasty stuff I said. This thing is gorgeous.

    • donald seymour

      It’s okay. I’ve been there before.

  • More Brawn, Please

    I certainly like it, but I do wish it had a bit more brawn to the exterior styling. Obviously, the models shown in these videos have all the options boxes checked (you can expect to reach deeeeep into your wallet). The darkened trunk opening where the trunk depth ends shown in the hybrid model video was a bit of tomfoolery.

  • Lucas Hampel

    I am convinced that this car, to defend, on the street, from criticism. This car looks very good. Same pictures do not reflect the potential of this body, proportion, etc. At the time, BMW cars they look very dynamic and therefore attractive. Incredible attention to detail body. To please, the whole crowd of motoring enthusiasts, which is auto, the pictures do not like BWM should give narrower lights, rear and front, and the same car, have gained aggressiveness and beauty. Speaking of lights, look, there’s detail. Only BMW puts so much emphasis on each line of light.

  • LexusGXman

    I agree with bellower, I was hard on this car, this video shows it in a new light. It doesn’t look “new” but I’d say it’s a good, heavy refresh. I love the tech, and how the hell did they manage a drag coefficient of .22?! That’s incredible. Good car… (but the E-Class is still the winner)

  • donald seymour

    Now, the honest question for me is which one does an individual buys, the 7 series or the 5 series?


    • Major Lee Gassole

      Sir Humphry made a bit of a mess of naming this new element, at first spelling it alumium (this was in 1807) then changing it to aluminum, and finally settling on aluminium in 1812. His classically educated scientific colleagues preferred aluminium right from the start, because it had more of a classical ring, and chimed harmoniously with many other elements whose names ended in -ium, like potassium, sodium, and magnesium, all of which had been named by Davy.

      It’s clear that the shift in the USA from -ium to -um took place progressively over a period starting in about 1895, when the metal began to be widely available and the word started to be needed in popular writing. It is easy to imagine journalists turning for confirmation to Webster’s Dictionary, still the most influential work at that time, and adopting its spelling. The official change in the US to the -um spelling happened quite late: the American Chemical Society only adopted it in 1925, though this was clearly in response to the popular shift that had already taken place. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) officially standardised on aluminium in 1990, though this has done nothing, of course, to change the way people in the US spell it for day to day purposes.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Weird that some designs need more “car” to breathe(S-class Coupe), and some designs need less “car” to show off their toned, tight body. I would like to think that this car spells trouble for the E-class, but I think the E-class consumer is a particular kind of consumer, whose aspirations and personality are only best expressed through the driving of an E-class. Which sounds corny, because it is. But it’s also true.

    I’ve just figured out what I like most about this car though… that I really also like about the current 2-Series M-sport, and I think it is that it reminds me of the previous generation 3-series, a car I still look back on rather fondly. This is still the new 7-series look, but there are just little touches here and there that make this more like BMW’s of the recent past.

    • nauticalone

      Plus, compared to E Class, this has a console mounted shifter.
      I really do not like the column mounted stalk shifter on MB!
      BMW lights are much more attractive also, IMO