The BMW G30-generation 5 Series was officially unveiled yesterday, and it is set for a market debut in February next year. As you’ll see in these official walk-around videos, it looks very much like a downsized, more taut version of its G11/G12 7 Series big brother, as it draws plenty of visual cues from that car.
Under the hood, the 5 Series produces 340 hp from a turbocharged, inline-six cylinder petrol engine in 540i guise, propelling it from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. On the fuel-sipping end of the standard 5 Series scale, the 520d EfficientDynamics Edition has a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.9l/100 km, with a drag coefficient of 0.22 Cd. Motive power for the 520d comes from a 2.0 litre turbodiesel with 190 hp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,750–2,500 rpm, with a 0-100 km/h time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 237 km/h.
Integral Active Steering aims to give the G30 5 Series improved stability, agility and turning radius thanks to a combination of rear wheel steering and a variable ratio steering rack on the front axle. To further increase the 5 Series’ chassis adaptability, the G30 gains a fourth drive mode – Adaptive – on top of the existing three: Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro.
The new drive mode, as the name suggests, automatically adapts to the driver’s input styles by reacting to parameters such as steering wheel movements, velocity and location as observed by the navigation system. This, BMW says, offers the perfect blend of Comfort and Sport modes.
BMW has also added new semi-autonomous driving functions to the G30 5 Series, Steering and Lane Control Assistant. For further active safety, the G30 5 Series also has Crossroads Warning to avert potential collisions with other vehicles at crossroads.
BMW iPerformance is the moniker given to the new range of plug-in hybrid powertrain-endowed BMWs, and so is the case with the G30-generation 530e. The 2.0 litre, inline-four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine pairs with an electric motor for a total system output of 252 hp, driving the 530e from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.
Fuel efficiency is the key point of interest behind the 530e – Combined fuel consumption is 2.0l/100 km, with a combined CO2 emissions figure of 46 g/km. In the luggage compartment, the 530e holds 410 litres, 120 litres less than non-hybrid models.
Inside, the 530e adds an eDrive mode switch to the regular line-up on Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro drive modes. This controls selection of three different driving modes, Auto eDrive, which combines both electric and petrol-powered driving, with full electric mode available up to 70 km/h.
In Max eDrive mode, propulsion is fully electric and up to 140 km/h, with a maximum battery range of 45 km. In Battery Control mode, the drivetrain minimises battery use in order to save its charge capacity for later use.
Depending on the specifications of the wallbox, a full charge for the 530e will take approximately 2.5 hours, while the cars can also be charged from a conventional household socket. A full charge from a European household power outlet, for example, will take about 3.5 hours.
GALLERY: BMW G30 5 Series