2017 BMW 5-series
The battle for technological supremacy in the premium midsize sedan segment is intensifying, with BMW claiming the redesigned 5-series sedan will become the most advanced on the market.
The 2017 BMW 5-series sedan will go on sale in February and feature a host of technical and communications systems borrowed from the flagship 7-series sedan.
They include semiautonomous driving and safety features, gesture controls for the telephone and infotainment system, and the ability to park the car with the driver standing outside the vehicle.
“With the new generation of the car we are once again setting the benchmark in all areas; it combines dynamic excellence and comfort to the best possible effect,” Klaus Froehlich, BMW board member for development, said in a statement. “Plus, the new BMW 5 Series sedan is at the leading edge of technology when it comes to driver assistance and connectivity.”
The 5 series will compete against rival Mercedes-Benz with its technology-loaded E-class sedan. Mercedes has made similar claims about its car, which went on sale this year. The two brands are in a race to establish supremacy with autonomous and electric-car technology and want the bragging rights as advances are made over the next few years.
U.S. sales of the 5 series and E class have dipped this year, along with a broad decline in the segment and overall car deliveries.
Still, the E class has outsold the 5 series in U.S. sales for the past seven years and through the first nine months of 2016. Last year, Mercedes sold 49,736 units of the E class, and BMW sales of the 5 series reached 44,162 cars.
Larger but lighter
The 5 series will be slightly larger than the current car but will weigh 137 pounds less because of wider use of lightweight materials. For instance, the trunk lid is made of aluminum.
With a length of 194.6 inches, the new-generation 5 series is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model; 0.3 inches wider, with a width of 73.5 inches; and 0.6 inches taller, with a height of 58.2 inches. The 117.7-inch wheelbase is 0.2 inches longer.
Powerplants include a new generation of BMW’s twin-turbo, four- and six-cylinder engines that are expected to deliver improved fuel economy.
BMW will offer active steering on both the rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive models.
Several innovative features trickling down from the flagship 7-series sedan include a new generation head-up display, voice control and remote self-parking.
More semiautonomous features
New features include active cruise control that uses radar to adapt to traffic with stop and go as standard equipment. If the vehicle in front stops, so does the 5 series, and it resumes driving within 30 seconds after traffic begins to move again.
The car also has active lane-keeping and traffic-jam assist features that work semiautonomously and operate at speeds up to 130 mph.
Collision side avoidance works at speeds between 40 and 130 mph; it first warns the driver and then automatically steers the car away to avoid an accident.
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