5 Series is amongst BMW’s most selling luxury sedan in their portfolio. The one that enthusiasts and customers like the most. And now they have gone ahead and unveiled the 2020 5 Series with some series of changes not only on the exterior but also on the interiors. With Audi dropping the New A6, Mercedes-Benz showcasing the New E Class & Volvo’s readying it’s new S90, it was imperative that BMW would not want to lose out on the chance. BMW has extensively updated exterior design with heightened presence and sporting allure, further enhancing premium feel on the interiors.
What’s new on the exteriors now? For starters, the new is , the eye-catching design accents, clearly structured surfaces at the front and rear, newly designed BMW kidney grille which is now wider and taller, new LED headlights with slimmer contours, Adaptive LED Headlights with matrix technology added to the options list, BMW Laserlight now available as an option for all model variants, new three-dimensional sculpted rear lights, all model variants now with trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe finishers at the rear pretty much sums-up the 2020 5 Series. It for sure looks far more aggressive and sportier than what it already was. Which in my opinion is a good thing to happen.
On the interiors, BMW has clearly gone the way, why change it when it isn’t broken. The interior changes are far more subtle as compared to the exteriors. For starters, you get all digital virtual displays for the driver, similar to the one’s on the current lot of BMW’s. There is an option to choose from 12.3-inch center console display, while 10.25-inch becomes standard across the range. There is a new steering wheel with newly arranged multi-function buttons, and new interior trim strip.
Driver tech was always at the heart of BMW, and this 5 Series impresses here, there are new driver assistance systems and extended functions that pave the way for automated driving. Some of those being Lane Departure Warning – part of the optional Driving Assistant – now also with lane return function; then a new optional Driving Assistant Professional which includes Active Navigation with the help of the Lane Change Assistant, then there’s Automatic Formation of Emergency Lane and Junction Warning (with city braking) functions. What’s impressive is the 3D visualization of the surrounding area shows traffic situations and possible interventions by the driver assistance systems in the instrument cluster. Finally, the 5 Series gets the Android Auto Integration along with the Apple CarPlay. This was a grouse for couple of customers as to why BMW had left out Android Auto earlier.
Let’s look at the power-train options available with the new 5 Series BMW 530e XDrive (Sedan & Touring); BMW 545e XDrive Sedan are available with plug in hybrid engines. While the 530e XDrive comes with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in-line petrol engine, plug-in hybrid system with synchronous electric motor, eight-speed Steptronic transmission, the combined output is close to 293 HP and 565 NM of Torque, it does a 0 to 100 kmph in roughly 5.9 seconds, that’s clearly a 530D territory. On the other side the BMW 545e XDrive, comes with 3.0-liter Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, plug-in hybrid system with synchronous electric motor, eight-speed Steptronic transmission, the combined output is close to phenomenal 395 HP and 715 NM of Torque, which ensure the 545e dashes to a 100 kmph in 4.7 seconds. Then we have the regular petrol models & diesel models, with multiple variants of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines and performance oriented 3.0-liter 6-cylinder options. What particularly interest us is the BMW 530i, the BMW 520D and the BMW 530D, as these are the variants that BMW currently offers in India and we are sure that BMW will continue to offer the same, as and when they decide to get the facelifted BMW 5 Series to India. Thankfully, nothing much has changed in the numbers there. They continue to come with potent 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter engine options, 2.0 for petrol as well as the diesel and explosive 3.0 liter for the BMW 530D in the M Sport Package.
With this update, BMW has clearly nailed a sweet spot again. The 5 Series always was the driver-oriented car, and I am happy to report, that this new 5 Series, looks like one too. Let me know in the comments section below, what you think about the updated 5.