The sedan's design remains handsomely understated. Underneath the lighter body, there are updated engines and a bounty of new tech.

BMW is finally revealing the seventh-generation 2017 5 Series after plenty of leaked photos, teasers, and spy shots, but the luxury sedan has a lot more going for it than just a new look. Extensive use of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium slice off up to 62.1 kilograms (137 pounds) from the models headed to North America and as much as 100 kg (220 pounds) in Euro guise.

The German brand’s designers didn't significantly overhaul the 5 Series' look for its new generation. The biggest changes are in front where the headlights now flow into the grille, which makes the nose appear wider. The kidneys now feature active slats that close when necessary for better aerodynamics.

2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series


For buyers who want more style, the optional M Sport package adds larger air intakes to the front fascia, new side skirt trim, and a tweaked rear bumper with rectangular exhaust tips. The lowered suspension and 19-inch wheels give the vehicle a sportier appearance, too.

The 2017 model grows 30.4 millimetres (1.2 inches) longer overall from last year, and the wheelbase increases by just 5 mm (0.2 inches). The extra length means an extra 30.4 mm of legroom for rear occupants. Width increases by only 7.6 mm (0.3 inches), and the model is 15.2 mm (0.6 inches) taller than the outgoing 5 Series.

2017 BMW 5 Series


BMW is launching the car with two new powertrains. Both use an eight-speed automatic gearbox and are optionally available with xDrive all-wheel drive. The 530i features a revised 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque – versus 240 hp and 260 lb-ft from the current 528i, which it replaces. The mill sprints the sedan to 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds, or 5.8 seconds with xDrive.

The range-topping engine for now is the 540i, using a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft, compared to 300 hp and 300 lb-ft in the current 535i. It gets to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with rear-wheel drive or 4.7 seconds with all-wheel drive.

2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series


The lower weight and new chassis tech should improve the 5 Series' handling. For example, the optional Adaptive Drive system includes updated Dynamic Damper Control. The system now adjusts the anti-roll bars with electric motors that are faster and lighter than the previous hydraulic actuators. The company’s rear-wheel steering setup, which it calls Integral Active Steering, is available on all-wheel-drive models of the seventh-gen 5 Series, too.

The combination of Active Lane Keeping Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant gives the 5 Series semi-autonomous driving capability. The tech automatically keeps the sedan in a single lane and can even cope with stop-and-go traffic. While drivers’ hands are free, they can use the iDrive 6.0 infotainment system that now features gesture control, a function introduced on the 7 Series sedan.

The 2017 BMW 5 Series goes on sale in Canada in February 2017, and we should find out more about pricing closer to that date.

Source: BMW

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