The new BMW 5 Series, of which the first official images were leaked yesterday, has finally been unveiled. The seventh-generation G30, which will make its market debut in February 11 next year, looks a lot like a smaller and more athletic version of the current G11/G12 7 Series, which is great news for those looking for a more compact form of the latter.

Styling-wise, as we pointed out earlier, the rear end isn’t far from the F10’s, and there’s a bolder, sportier face to be found in front, with a straight belt line and a “hockey stick” underlining the doors (as on the 7er) being highlights on a clean-looking profile.

The G30 measures in at 4,936 mm long, 1,868 mm wide and 1,479 mm tall, with a 2,975 mm-long wheelbase. It’s a lighter proposition than the F10; the automaker says that rigorous application of the BMW EfficientLightweight design concept, with increased use of aluminium and high-strength steels, has reduced the weight of the new 5er by up to 100 kg.

Two diesel and two petrol units will be available from point of launch, working in tandem with either rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. All the engines in the 5er line-up belong to the newly-developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics family of power units. In total, 11 variants will be available for the car by March next year.


February will see the deployment of the 530i, 540i, 520d and 530d and its derivatives. The 530i and 530i xDrive is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 litre petrol unit, paired with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Output numbers for the unit are 252 hp at 5,200–6,500 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,450–4,800 rpm, and performance figures include a 0–100 km/h time of 6.2 seconds (6.0 seconds for the xDrive), a 250 km/h top speed and a combined fuel consumption of 5.4 litres per 100 km (5.7 litres per 100 km, xDrive).

The 540i and 540i xDrive, meanwhile, gets a six-cylinder petrol engine, again paired with an eight-speed Steptronic unit. The 3.0 litre mill is good for 340 hp at 5,500–6,500 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,380–5,200 rpm. Acceleration times for the 0–100 km/h dash is 4.8 seconds for the xDrive variant, and 5.1 seconds for the regular 540i.

Next, the oil burners, and the 520d and 520d xDrive are equipped with a 2.0 litre diesel, with transmission choices being a six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed Steptronic for the 520d, and an eight-speed Steptronic for the xDrive version. Output numbers are 190 hp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,750–2,500 rpm. Performance numbers include a 0–100 km/h sprint time of 7.6 seconds for models equipped with the eight-speed Steptronic, as well as a 237 km/h top speed.

As for the 530d and 530d xDrive, the 3.0 litre six-cylinder unit is good for 265 hp at 4,000 rpm and 620 Nm from 2,000–2,500 rpm. Acceleration times for the century sprint are 5.7 seconds for the 530d (5.4 seconds for the xDrive), on to an electronically governed 250 km/h.

Not long after the launch in February, BMW will be adding another three engine variants to the line-up. The 190 hp four-cylinder diesel engine will be presented in its most efficient form in the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition, and a plug-in hybrid drive model will also appear, in the form of the 530e iPerformance, which has a system output of 252 hp.

The M550i xDrive will also arrive then to top the initial range, making it the second M Performance 5 Series after the tri-turbo diesel-powered M550d. It’ll be powered by a 4.4 litre V8 engine developing 462 hp and 650 Nm, with a 0–100 km/h sprint time of 4.0 seconds being among the performance figures.

As standard, all variants will come equipped with headlights featuring LED technology, and the options list for equipment will include being Adaptive LED Headlights with variable light distribution including adaptive roundabout lights and Selective Beam anti-dazzle high beam with a range of up to 500 metres.

Inside, the new car’s cabin features the latest-generation iDrive system, which in its highest specification offers navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions and 7er-style gesture control – all on a high-res 10.25-inch screen. There’s also a full-colour head-up display with a projection surface that’s 70% larger than before.

The automaker says that the new car offers extended storage options and greater legroom for rear-seat passengers. New bits include comfort seats with massage function and a four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and discreet air fragrancing.

There’s definitely no shortage of connectivity, at least for European customers – BMW ConnectedDrive features are now joined by new services, which include the new ParkNow technology for digital parking space reservation and payment, the On-Street Parking Information intelligent parking space search function and the optional Parking Assistant, which detects empty spots and parks the vehicle automatically.

No shortage of smartphone integration, with Apple CarPlay (now wireless, an industry first) to inductive phone charging and a WiFi hotspot for up to ten devices to be found. Also on, BMW Connected, with the next development stage of the system, complete with additional services, set to be introduced for the personal digital mobility assistant on the 5er.

The automaker’s Remote Parking system and Display Key (as seen on the 7 Series and i8) are also on the optional equipment list, as is Remote View 3D, which allows the owner to “see” the car’s surroundings remotely through the BMW Connected smartphone app.

As you’d expect, plenty of driving assistance systems to be found in the G30. As standard, the car comes with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car.

New features alongside the evasion aid and crossing traffic warning are the lane change assistant and lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs.

The car also takes a step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional active cruise control (ACC) system and steering/lane keeping assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions, which the optional Intelligent Speed Assist communicates to the cruise control system. Operable from standstill to 210 km/h, the system can relieve the driver of acceleration, braking and steering duties, as desired.