With long heritage, BMW 5 Series is a mid-size luxury car. Sales numbers don’t go in favor for Germans since in the U.S. market they haven’t been able to achieve more than 56.863 of sold units a year. Of course, there is always room for improvement. Just a while ago, this German car maker unveiled the seventh generation of this famous sedan codenamed G30. It will come packed with numerous high tech from the 7 Series, which just might be enough for a boost in sales. Because of nothing radical comes with the design of 2018 BMW 5 Series.
2018 BMW 5 Series – New Platform
The new design isn’t revolutionary, take styling from smaller 3 and larger 7 Series and you’ll get the point. The front fascia now features wider, chrome framed, and for many years now world famous kidney grille. Headlights stretch further into the sideline. Below the grille there is mesh intake divided into three chunks. The changes on the back aren’t noteworthy since nothing radical has changed. But more important new is the new platform and longer wheelbase. Engineers say that new platform is 137 pounds lighter than its predecessor. That is of course due to heavy use of aluminum. But they also say that new platform will be stiffer thanks to high-strength steel. This is already a known combination of almost every car maker to improve rigidity while reducing weight.
But BMW also implemented magnesium in the structure. For those who don’t now, magnesium alloy is light like aluminum but has the strength of titanium. In other words, this material has the highest strength-to-weight ratio known to mankind. And it will certainly be the future of automotive industry.
2018 BMW 5 Series – Interior
As for the interior, changes are even more scarce. The layout is quite similar to the outgoing model. The console will remain oriented to the driver (and that’s a good thing). On top of the dash, 10.25-inch infotainment screen will be controlled by a knob. The heads-up display is now 75% larger. With longer wheelbase there is more legroom for back occupants and with comfortable seats with massage function long ride will be more pleasurable.
2018 BMW 5 Series – Advanced Technology
But more interesting changes come in advanced technology. Some of them come as semi-autonomous technology. Those are active cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic jam and lane keeping assist. But these are standard nowadays. But there is also a more advanced system that will completely autonomously make evasive maneuvers up to 100 mph. The interior will also have hand gesture controls taken from the 7 Series. In addition to all that, there is also remote-control parking feature. Another cool gadget is remote 3D view. With this, you can observe surroundings of your car from your mobile phone.
2018 BMW 5 Series – Safety
As for safety, BMW is packed with all sorts of technology. But over the years BMW 5 Series still didn’t manage to achieve a better rating in IIHS’ small overlap front crash test. It stands at “M” (marginal). Of course, this can’t be achieved with technology no matter how advanced it is. So we really expect that new generation will be improved and that 2018 BMW 5 Series will score nothing less than “G” (good) rating in mentioned test.
2018 BMW 5 Series – Engines
But all that aside since BMW is famous for another important thing and that is the powertrain. The 2018 BMW 5 Series will offer two engines for U.S. market. The first one is 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that will be in 530i with 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful engine will be under the hood of 540i. It is a 3.0-liter inline-6 with 340 horsepower. Both will come with automatic transmission. Yes, both since BMW is dropping the manual transmission. Without the third pedal under your foot, the sporty sedan will somewhat lose potential customers. Some reports say that this generation will have a more powerful engine. Of course, it will come as BMW M5 which was spotted testing earlier this year. It will have a V8 with around 600 horsepower and AWD as optional.