Published on October 31st, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
BMW’s 2017 5-Series, 11 Reasons to wait for this car before buying another
1. This new BMW 5 Series will be bigger. It is 36 millimetres longer than the outgoing model (at 4,935 millimetres), six millimetres wider (1,868 millimetres) and two millimetres taller (1,466 millimetres). Its wheelbase measures 2,975 millimetres (+7 millimetres).
2. The drag coefficient of the new BMW 5 Series is lower by 10% compared to its predecessor and set a new sedan benchmark of Cd = 0.22. This means better fuel efficiency.
3. Bigger is always better and this BMW 5 Series will offer noticeably more headroom in the rear as well as an increased boot capacity of 530 litres.
4. Gesture control for key functions was premiered last year in the BMW 7 Series, and the 2017 BMW 5 Series will feature this latest version of the system.
5. This BMW will get the latest Heads-Up Display with a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, the projection area is around 70% larger than in the outgoing model.
6. The new petrol driven engines will employ TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing.
7. The diesel versions will feature a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and latest-generation common-rail direct injection, which generates injection pressure of up to 2,500 bar. The diesel exhaust systems operate using BMW BluePerformance technology, which combines close-coupled particulate filters and oxidation catalysts with a NOx storage catalyst.
8. BMW used the SYNTAK (Synergy Thermoacoustic Capsule) technology in the new BMW 5 Series to reduce powertrain noise. The lightweight soundproofing materials encapsulating the engine and transmission team up with a series of inventive touches to lower volume levels, while also producing considerable weight and fuel savings. SYNTAK improves the powertrain’s heat retention, which in turn leads to reduced fuel consumption.
9. With a redesigned chassis, intelligent lightweight engineering, BMW’s renowned even weight distribution and a highly torsion-resistant body, this 7th generation of the BMW 5 Series once again sets a new class benchmark in driving dynamics. The BMW engineers have succeeded in making the car’s handling even more agile and precise, yet without compromising the comfort which is a hallmark of this business sedan.
10. This new BMW 5 Series gets ‘Remote Control Parking’. This feature enables drivers to use parking spaces that are narrow enough to make getting out of the car very awkward. This innovative technology first premiered in 2015 in the new BMW 7 Series.
11. Using an intelligent multi-material mix consisting of aluminium, high-tensile steels and magnesium, up to 100 kilograms has been shaved off the weight of the previous model, while body strength and torsional stiffness have been increased. This is like having 2 teenagers less in the back seat.