Ever since its release in October 2016, the new 2018 BMW 5-series is central to hype and interest. After all, this is a new BMW and though it does not look as radical is many thought it would, this car is much more than just its exteriors. A handful of official info has come up during its official test drives around Northern Wales. Here are some of the specs and reviews for this car.
2018 BMW 5-series Looks a bit Different
What is evident from any experts’ eye is that this car has borrowed a lot from running 7-series models. This is a typical BMW trait, handing down design elements through successive segments.
Code-named as the G30 – this new model sports long headlights stretching well into its side body featuring smooth power-lines! A signature chrome kidney grille dons the front fascia with design cues strikingly reminiscent of a 7 series. There’s not much change in the rear end, though.
A longer wheelbase is easily noticeable. However, front and rear track lengths remain unchanged. This new 2018 BMW 5-series will be built on the new CLAR modular platform using magnesium and aluminum for its chassis which reduces its weight by an estimated 200 lbs.
Where the changes start:
BMW has made its market stance quite clear with this new 5-series. It will concentrate on character rather than straight up oomph. And interiors are where they have made sure that a buyer has nothing more to want.
Luxury is ergonomic rather than over-the-top so that a buyer has nothing to complain. But what makes this 2018 BMW 5-series something special is the technology it has inside especially driver assist techs including: –
- 360-degree camera view.
- Active Cruise Control. [Automatic maneuverability at speeds below 100 km/h.]
- Steering and Lane Keeping Assist.
- Active Side Collision Protection.
- Remote Parking.
Infotainment-wise this car is essentially a 7-series and its specs read as follows: –
- Bang & Olufsen Sound System.
- iDrive Infotainment System.
- Professional Navigation System.
- Gesture Control.
This is where BMW wants to surge ahead of its equals. It wants to provide upscale utility instead of overt luxury and this executive luxury mid-size sedan is as good as it can get in this price range.
2018 BMW 5-series Engine Performance
BMW were pioneers in providing production cars for routine passengers with performance specs. Since then, companies such as Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar and even Alfa Romeo have given their cars an added thrill of speed.
This car will have a newly designed engine and powertrains. Engine options will include:
- 2.0-liter Twin-Turbo Inline-4.
- 3.0-liter Twin-Turbo Inline-6.
- 4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8.
Performance stats will change as per trim and fuel variants. Base engine performance will come in at 190 hp with the 520 models. 530 models will have outputs ranging from 250 hp while the 540s will come in at 320+ hp.
Whether the US market will get a 2018 BMW 5-series M550i is a question which the Bavarians hasn’t answered. This model will have a monster 4.4-liter twin-scroll turbo V8 with an output of 450 hp.
With showroom sales to start from 2017, specifications on drivetrains are yet to be confirmed. However, it is apparent that models from 530s will get both iDrive (RWD) and xDrive (AWD) options. The transmission will vary between 6 speed and 8-speed autos where the 6 speed will get a manual shift option.
Additional driver techs will include:
- DDC (Dynamic Damper Control with Bilstein Dampers).
- IAS (Integral Active Steering).
- DTC (Dynamic Traction Control).
Added to this list of new features is an anti-body-roll control, a first in this segment. These techs coupled with the performance make this model one of the best rides around, something that it needed up against the likes of Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia.
2018 BMW 5-series Release Date and Price
Prices will stay as they were in most cases, ranging between $55,000 and $75,000 for higher models and packages.
But what is more important is how this 2018 BMW 5-series will perform on the roads. On paper, it fits every bill of an executive luxury mid-size sedan.