This is BMW's sixth generation 5 Series and the first to receive BMW's new 'F' model nomenclature. Codenamed the F-10, the new 5 Series is bigger and more plush, has a new range of engines and is less controversial in its design than the outgoing E60.
The new F10 borrows the same architecture and chassis from the 5 Series GT. The company claims that it has the longest wheelbase in its segment and boasts of a coupe-like roofline. The design elements share a lot with the 5 Series Gran Turismo as well as the new 7 Series. In fact the eye catcher shares quite a bit with the current 3 Series. So is it dumbed down? Maybe, a bit, because the E60 took flame surfacing to an all-new level and probably is the best from the flame surfacing era of designs. Somehow this one doesn't feel that bold, but like they say, it might be different in the flesh.
The new 5 Series, like the new E-Class, borrows a lot of technology from its bigger brother, the 7 Series. So you get a more advanced heads-up display, a comprehensive i-Drive unit as well as four-wheel steer on the BMW 550i. Unlike the previous gen that had independent struts all around, you now get multi-link setup for all four wheels, while also incorporating active dive and roll setups.
On the inside you will find now familiar interiors on the 5 Series GT and 7 Series. Yet, the dashboard is more angled towards the driver, bringing back a theme that held the company as a maker of driver-centric cars. A 10.2 inch LCD screen for the i-Drive as well as enhanced comfort levels for the seats make this a car you would love to be in.
The car is loaded with tech. The driver assistance systems offered with the new 5 Series include an all-new Parking Assistant, Top View cameras, and Frontal Collision Warning with application of the brakes when ordered with Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go. Other driver assistance features available include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, a Head-Up Display, BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection. BMW says that the interiors have been designed using ergonomics in mind. That doesn't mean it has skimped on interior space. The seating position has been improved over the former model both front and rear, with knee-room on the rear seats of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan up by 13 millimeters or 0.5". Luggage compartment capacity is 520 litres or 18.2 cubic feet, and the folding rear-seat backrest available as an option provides greater flexibility in enlarging the car's transport capacities. In addition to its 40:60 split, the rear-seat backrest also comes with through-loading and, as yet a further option, a ski-bag for additional convenience. The 10-way settings for the seat maximise comfort, according to BMW.
The new 5 Series will begin with a pair of petrol powertrains. These include the 550i featuring the twin-turbo V8 found on the X6, 7 Series and 5 Series GT. This 4.4-litre engine produces 404 bhp and a staggering 61.2 kgm of peak torque. The other engine is the 535i, the twin-turbo straight six that produces 304 bhp of peak power and about 38 kgm of peak torque. Both these engines are known for their flexibility as well as performance. A new eight-speed automatic is being offered with the car that enhances the car's driveability as well as efficiency. Also inc
A range of diesel engines - the 520d, 525d and 530d will also be offered. In the future, the 528i petrol and the Xi four-wheel drive versions will also be made available in markets such as the US, while the 523i and 528i will also go on sale across the rest of the world immediately.
BMW India hasn't committed to a timeline for its India launch, but we expect it to be in India by mid-2010. We expect the 535i as well as a range of diesel engines to be offered. Since the car is assembled in India, pricing will be competitive, though we expect it to start around Rs 42-43 lakh for the base diesel versions, going up to Rs 53 to 55 lakh for the premium petrol and diesel variants.