The all-new G30 BMW 5 Series is finally here – the seventh generation of Munich’s benchmark executive sedan has been launched today, and will be available in showrooms from this weekend.
Entering the market in fully-imported (CBU) form for now, the new 5 Series is available in just one variant – the 530i M Sport, priced at a very competitive RM398,800 on-the-road without insurance. Included is a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, a five-year free service package and a two-year tyre warranty.
Power comes from a B48 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 252 hp from 5,200 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,450 and 4,800 rpm, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. Key figures include a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 6.2 seconds, fuel consumption of 5.5 litres per 100 km combined and carbon dioxide emissions of 126 grams per kilometre.
Measuring 4,936 mm long, 1,868 mm wide and 1,479 mm tall, the G30 is 37 mm longer, eight mm wider and 17 mm taller than the outgoing F10; its wheelbase is also seven mm longer at 2,975 mm. The aluminium, high-tensile steel and magnesium construction has shaved off as much as 100 kg from its predecessor, whilst also improving body strength and torsional rigidity.
The exterior design comes with the latest BMW cues, including headlights that flow into the double kidney grille as well as L-shaped LED tail lights. A second shoulder line, which flows into the C-pillar Hofmeister kink, provides a distinctive “twisting” effect to the bodyside surfacing. Meanwhile, the Air Curtain intakes and Air Breather vents around the front wheels contribute to a class-leading drag coefficient of as low as 0.22 Cd.
As the variant name suggests, the 530i comes with the M Sport package, including a more aggressive front apron, deeper side skirts and a diffuser-like rear valence design with twin trapezoidal exhaust exits. Also equipped are 19-inch double-spoke style 664 M alloy wheels, along with M Sport brakes with blue callipers and BMW Individual satin aluminium exterior trim.
Inside, the larger dimensions provide increased interior space, particularly at the rear; boot space has also increased by 10 litres to 530 litres. At the front, the Professional navigation system now gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and features a new smartphone-style six-tile interface with live information. The Gesture Control function, which debuted on the G12 7 Series, can also be found here.
Standard kit includes adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beam, LED fog lights, Comfort Access keyless entry, power-adjustable front sports seats with driver’s side memory, four-zone automatic climate control, a glass sunroof, sunblinds for the rear side windows (manual) and rear windscreen (electric) and a powered tailgate with kick-activated hands-free operation.
Other features include 11-colour ambient lighting, a full 12.3-inch multifunction instrument display with Black Panel technology, a reverse camera, Park Assistant for automated parallel and perpendicular parking manoeuvres and a 16-speaker, 600 watt Harman Kardon surround sound system. A touchscreen-equipped Display Key, which shows key vehicle information, is also thrown in.
Buyers can choose between Black Sapphire, Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect, Alpine White and Mediterranean Blue exterior colours, as well as black (with contrasting blue stitching) or Cognac Dakota leather upholstery. The latter is not available with Mediterranean Blue.
Safety-wise, the 530i is equipped with the Driving Assistant package, which includes Approach Control Warning and Person Warning with City Brake function, operating at speeds between 10 km/h and 60 km/h for pedestrians and 80 km/h for vehicles. Other features included in the pack include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, rear collision prevention and rear crossing traffic warning.
Also featured is the active cruise control system with stop and go, which can be activated from standstill to speeds of up to 210 km/h – the system can now sense up to two cars in front to make for smoother driving, and takes into account highway exits and roundabouts using information from the navigation system.
As before, there’s Dynamic Damper Control, while the Driving Experience Control, which adapts the engine, drivetrain and chassis settings, now gains an Adaptive mode to complement the existing Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport settings. In this mode, everything is adjusted automatically depending on the driving style and also the route ahead, using accelerator and steering inputs, gear selector position and navigation data.
The automatic engine start/stop system has also been made smarter, using the navigation system, stereo camera and radar sensor to detect if the car is approaching a roundabout or a junction, and disabling itself in these situations to make it easier and safer to merge into traffic.