2017 BMW 5 Series

2017 BMW 5 Series
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  • BMW 5 Series
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    2017
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    inline-4
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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New midsize loses weight, gains new technology and 7 Series-inspired design

In 2014, our spy photographers spotted the new-generation BMW 5 Series stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring track for the very first time. Later that year, the sedan was caught once again testing in Europe. Come October 2016 and the new 5 Series finally made its official debut, showcasing its evolutionary design and state-of-the art features.

As seen with recently launched new Bimmers, the new midsize sedan lost some weight thanks to BMW using the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) technology in the larger 7 Series, as well as magnesium, aluminum, and high-strength steel in the car’s chassis. The sedan is up to 137 pounds lighter than its predecessor (depending on trim and equipment), which isn’t a whole lot but enough to make a difference in the performance and fuel economy departments.

As expected, the new-generation 5 Series was unveiled with inline four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V-8 engines for the North American market, with a high-performance M5 to follow in 2017. Meanwhile, the four-door made its U.S. debut at the Detroit Auto Show and is slated to arrive in dealerships starting February 2017.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 BMW 5 Series.

 

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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Top Midsize Sedans of 2018

Top Midsize Sedans of 2018

The best of the best in one of the most compelling and most competitive segments in the auto industry

SUVs have become the toast of the automotive world these days that it’s hard to argue against anyone who wants to buy one. It’s just that even though SUVs continue to grow in popularity, it can’t replicate the suave styling and sophistication of some of the most popular midsize sedans on the market today. The best midsize sedans are often those that give you the best of all words. They’re stylish, powerful, comfortable, and spacious. Some even combine all those qualities in one package. SUVs have these qualities, too, but they’re often a product of customers needing them as opposed to wanting them.

With midsize sedans, especially the luxury types, you don’t need space because you have a family to fit inside it, you want the space because you want to show off your ride to your friends. Likewise, you don’t need it to be powerful for your next weekend getaway. You want it to be powerful, so it grabs the attention of the people around you. In here is a list of the best midsize sedans of 2018. Pay attention to who made it because there’s a good chance that if you’re in the market for one, you’ll end up getting one of these models.

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2018 BMW M550d xDrive - Driven

2018 BMW M550d xDrive - Driven

Meet one of the maddest performance diesels ever made

Europeans have enjoyed plenty of fast diesel cars over the last decade, and even in the wake of Dieselgate, manufacturers are still offering fast oil burners which don’t get much faster than the BMW M550d xDrive. The most unique thing about it is its power plant which uses no fewer than four turbochargers on its three-liter straight-six diesel to achieve some remarkable performance numbers.

Being a BMW, it drives with great precision too and even if it’s a bit on the heavy side, agility around bends is not an issue. It has plenty of tech on board to ensure fast driving is not only possible, but also enjoyable and surprisingly frisky - unlike other lesser-powered all-wheel drive diesel BMWs, the M550d’s tail will step out when you stab the throttle on corner exit.

It also stands out alongside lesser 5-Series models, thanks to the standard-fit M Performance aero pack, trunk lid spoiler and massive M brakes with blue calipers; the only other 5-Series which could attract more attention is the mighty M5.

Only available in Europe, the M550d is not the most powerful diesel in the world, but it is by far for its engine displacement. Being a diesel, it’s also considerably more efficient than a gasoline burning performance car with the same output and if you can refrain from driving it like a hooligan (which it kind of edges you to) its large fuel tank means you can cover quite a lot of ground without having to stop.

Photography by Andrei Nedelea

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Believe It or Not, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is Bigger than an E39 5 Series

Believe It or Not, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is Bigger than an E39 5 Series

Not exactly longer, but bigger everywhere that matters

Last week, BMW removed the silk covers from the all-new BMW 3 Series G20. It is possibly the most important car revealed at the Paris Motor Show and definitely the most important car BMW revealed in the last three or so years. Yet, even on the photographs, one could definitely see that the 3 Series grew quite a bit. BMW reported a 2.9 inches increase in length. When I was working on that BMW 3 Series piece I was wondering just how big the new 3 Series really is.

The answer surprised me. The new BMW 3 Series G20 is bigger than the BMW 5 Series E39. Ok, not exactly longer, but I’ll get to that in a jiffy. Considering the E39 is basically my favorite car, I was almost annoyed, but then reason took over. I asked myself, how did we become so strangely obsessed with size and getting things bigger?

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The BMW M5 Will Star in the Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The BMW M5 Will Star in the Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The German automaker is once again involved heavily in the production of the M:I franchise

BMW will once again take center stage in the new Mission: Impossible movie as the new M5 is set to play a prominent role in the sixth installment of the Tom Cruise spy-movie franchise. Thanks to a new trailer released today by Bimmer, we now know that the new M5 will have its work cut out for it. Footage from the trailer revealed that the mid-size sedan will be used in a number of stunts, including being driven by Simon Pegg’s character, Benji, autonomously through what looks to be a futuristic tablet.

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Video of the Day: Suspects in a White BMW 5 Series Evade the Police

Video of the Day: Suspects in a White BMW 5 Series Evade the Police

Look at that white E60 BMW go...

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Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

How the GS stacks up against the Germans and Americans

This week has seen a 2017 Lexus GS 200t in my driveway, and after some 200 miles of mixed driving around town and down the Interstate, I started thinking about how it compared to another luxury sedan I’ve driven. This won’t be a true apples-to-apples comparison due to the wide variety of engine options and trim levels, however, but we’ll still make the best of it. Grains of salt are generously sprinkled atop the premise of this piece.

So, a little on the Lexus GS 200t. Well, it has the rather desirable F Sport package, meaning it has an upgraded suspension with summer performance tires designed for better handling, it has a more aggressive exterior appearance, and the interior is finished off with deeper bucket seats and some slightly flashier trim work. The F Sport package does not change anything about the engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces the same 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque as the non-F Sport version. It’s also worth noting that Lexus’ website calls the 2017 GS 200t the GS Turbo and that, for 2018, the car is renamed the GS 300. Read about the name change here.

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CES 2018 Attendees Get To Ride in Autonomous Lyft and Delphi Taxis

CES 2018 Attendees Get To Ride in Autonomous Lyft and Delphi Taxis

Now’s the time to experience autonomous driving technology

The Consumer Electronics Show is hitting Las Vegas next week. If you happen to be in the vicinity, you may find yourself with the opportunity to experience riding in an autonomous taxi. That’s because Lyft is launching a partnership with Delphi’s tech arm, Aptiv, to offer cab rides using BMW 5 Series sedans that are outfitted with autonomous driving technology.

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Watch the BMW M550D Bounce Off the Speed Limiter

Watch the BMW M550D Bounce Off the Speed Limiter

That’s some serious speed for a diesel-powered 5er

Ever wonder what an odometer looks like if it reaches its threshold? We don’t often get to see that because it rarely happens when we’re looking at it but take a look at this video of aBMW M550xd xDrive get pushed to its performance limit. We don’t see anything other than the instrument cluster, but that’s exactly the point. Our focus is squarely on the numbers, and it shows the exact performance ability of the M55d xDrive. It’s no wonder that this car’s engine is billed as the “world’s most powerful six-cylinder engine in the automotive area.” The display even shows the odometer’s needle bouncing off the limit, a clear sign that the car can go faster if the speed limiter is removed.

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BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW has been watching the reported problems for a while now..

BMW is recalling a whopping one million vehicles in North America over two separate issues involving fire risks. Both recalls include cars produced from 2006 to the 2011 model years. One recall covers 670,000 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011 model years, while the second recall is issued for 740,000 cars from 2007 to 2011 model years. The latter includes the 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. Although these figures amount to more than 1.4 million units, BMW says the recalls overlap and cover about one million examples. Nearly all cars have been sold in the United States, while about 15,000 are from Canada. The recalls may expand to other countries in the future, but no specific announcement has been made as of this writing.

The first recall for the 3 Series models only will address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning system. According to the company’s report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the systems may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire in the car. BMW has reportedly been monitoring the issue since 2008 and has made some improvements in 2011, but some incidents from 2015 and 2016, which led to injuries, prompted a mass recall. The second recall is about a valve heater issue that may cause damage to the engine compartment. No injuries or crashes related to this problem have been reported so far. All cars involved will have their wiring harnesses and valve heaters replaced at BMW dealers, free of charge.

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2018 BMW 530e iPerformance

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance

Green sensibilities plus four-door German luxury

The 5 Series is Bimmer’s mid-size product, offered in a sedan, wagon, and fastback body style. Available since 1972, a total of seven generations have made their appearance over the years, with the current model making its introduction in October of 2016. This latest model sees an expansion into the Bavarian’s iPerformance lineup as the fourth such model to gain the designation. Seeking a balance between performance fun and a little efficiency as well, the 530e iPerformance gets all the same good stuff as the regular 5 Series, including the latest interior technology, snappy good looks, and a decent amount of performance, but adds a solid dose of hybrid efficiency and torque on top.

BMW says it’s doubling down on its electrified and hybrid offerings going forward, so it makes a lot of sense to see this relatively mild electrification for the 5 Series. We think it’s a smart move, as it manages to retain what we like about the 5 Series without diminishing anything in the process. It bodes well for future hybridized Bimmers, and sets a clear path forward as the Bavarians move to bring big batteries across its lineup.

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Why I'd Skip the BMW M5 For The M550i

Why I’d Skip the BMW M5 For The M550i

An opinionated realist here to squash your bad choices

Hopefully you’ve read my thoughts on the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive I recently spent a week with. If not, you should. Hopefully you’ve also read the opinions of our fearless editor, Robert Moore, on whether the new 2018 BMW M5 is a waste of money compared to the M550i. If not, again, you should. But having spent time with BMW’s slightly less M-ified 5 Series, I wanted to chime in on the topic. Buckle your seatbelts, you might not like my answer.

My confession wouldn’t feel out-of-place in an AA-style meeting: “Hi, I’m Mark and I love horsepower and speed. Oh, and find comfort in tire smoke and going 140 mph down the back straight at Monticello with a V-8 screaming in my ear.” Yeah, I’m that guy. So, it might come as a surprise to hear that I’d buy the M550i over the M5 nine times out of 10. Why? It’s simple: The M550i is a better all-round daily driver that looks just as good as the M5 and has just as much usable horsepower for public roads. See, here’s the thing. I’m not the guy who needs the ultimate version of something to feel self-worth and gratification. My ego would be just fine not having that M5 badge affixed to my BMW. I’m also a realist with a strong suspicion I wouldn’t be autocrossing my five-passenger, full-size sedan every weekend. That’s what Miatas and Corvettes are for. And with the money I’m not spending in the M5, I can buy a mint Miata and throw speed parts at it. And let’s face it, two cars are better than one.

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Is the new BMW M5 a Waste of Money? Why not Just Get the M550i?

Is the new BMW M5 a Waste of Money? Why not Just Get the M550i?

It really boils down to what you plan to do with the car and your general taste…

We’re fortunate enough to live in a world where brands like BMW take pride in their performance arms and like to apply M-power to just about everything. But, is it for everyone? Probably not. M-cars are typically much more expensive than the model that sits below them, but the tradeoff is usually lots of extra power and slightly more aggressive looks. Unless you’re one of those people that needs to have the best of everything, you could find yourself questioning whether or not the M5 is really for you, and I honestly can’t blame you. The new M5 comes just a year after the 5 Series transitioned into its seventh generation. With this transition, the 5 Series lost some weight (as much as 137 pounds) and came complete with some updated engine options that deliver better fuel economy and performance. On top of that, BMW finally decided to give the M5 all-wheel drive (standard in the U.S. but optional everywhere else) which is enough to bring it up to par with the competition from Audi and Mercedes. But, with a car like the BMW M550i xDrive resting just below the M5 in the lineup, do you really need to pony up for the M5?

Well, that’s not something I can answer directly, but I would be lying if I told you that the M550i didn’t have some intriguing points to back up why it just might be a better candidate. After all, the M550i is a gorgeous car with attractive and aggressive looks that make it stand out among its brethren, and it does have enough balls to compete on its own in most cases. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at why the M550i may be a better option for you and talk a little more about it.

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2018 BMW M550i xDrive – Driven

2018 BMW M550i xDrive – Driven

The 5 Series lives up to its reputation

The BMW 5 Series is one of those standard-bearers people use to benchmark other full-size sedans – and for good reason. It’s been well loved by BMW loyalists and jaded journalists the world over. From its home on the German Autobahn going triple digit speeds to weaving its way through the crowded streets of third-world countries where it chauffeurs government officials and local dignitaries, the 5 has been a mainstay for decades. For 2017, BMW debuted an all-new 5 Series, complete with an updated design, an architecture shared with the larger 7 Series, and more driver tech than ever. This new seventh-generation 5 Series also boasts a new M Performance model for 2018 – the BMW M550i xDrive.

Think of the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive like this: it’s like the standard 550i, but with its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, suspension, steering, and brakes reworked by the go-fast gurus at BMW’s M Performance division. And since the M5 variant of the seventh-generation 5 Series (G30) isn’t available till March of 2019, the M550i is the baddest 5 of the bunch. But it’s also worth pointing out the M550i xDrive and upcoming M5 have a lot in common. The two share the same V-8, though the M5’s will have more power thanks to larger turbos and a higher-flow fuel injection system, among other upgrades. The M5’s suspension will use stiffer bushings to match its sticker tires. The M5 will also have more driver control over the xDrive system and drive modes. And, of course, the M5 will have a more aggressive appearance to go with its track-focused performance. Still, the M550i is a 456-horsepower beast capable of hitting 60 mph in roughly 3.9 seconds yet treats its occupants to opulent luxury befitting a more dedicated cruiser.

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The “Coolest” Feature of the 2018 BMW M550i

The “Coolest” Feature of the 2018 BMW M550i

Dual Zone AND dual fan speeds keep everybody happy

The 2018 BMW M550i is the quickest 5 Series currently offered thanks to its 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 making 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque – aided by both a smartly calibrated ZF eight-speed automatic and BMW’s xDrive AWD system. At full grunt, the prodigious power will launch the 4,300-pound M Performance sedan to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. But that’s not this Bimmer’s coolest feature. No, that goes to its HVAC system with dual fan speeds for the driver and front passenger.

Take it from me – a guy living in Florida testing a dark blue car with un-tinted windows in August – you’ll love having the extra control. That’s especially true if your wife is like mine. She’s the type who turns her seat heater on despite afternoon temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. Her cold-natured skin simply doesn’t need the cooling my does. In most situations, this results in her turning her vents toward me or off completely, while my dual-zone temperature is set to “Low” with the fan cranked to “Max.”

Thankfully, the BMW M550i has a solution: dual fan speeds. Yes, the driver and front passenger can set their own A/C temperature and fan speed. Welcome to the future. This means we both can have our A/C set exactly how we’d like without disturbing each other. I can be cool and breezy while she’s happy with warm and toasty. What’s more, we each can select our own blower location. That means she can warm her feet while I cool my body. Both sides also have a full Auto mode, too. It’s this level of individuality that truly ushers in luxury within a vehicle. The rear seat also has its own temperature control, though it’s set by a knob from cool to warm without displaying the actual temperature. Vent speed follows the front seats.

I know having dual fan speed capabilities must cost more, but would you like to see this feature on more vehicles? I know BMW’s 7 Series also has dual fan speeds, but that’s about it. Can you name any other vehicles with this feature? Let me know in the comments below.

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2018 BMW M550d xDrive

2018 BMW M550d xDrive

The diesel-powered M5 you’ve been waiting for!

The popular BMW 5 Series was redesigned for the 2017 model year, now sporting a fresh, but evolutionary design, a revamped interior, and a brand-new platform that’s lighter and stiffer. Loaded with state-of-the-art technology and several carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics, the new 5 Series also gained a range of updated engines, including four- and six-cylinder units. For the 2018 model year, BMW also launched new M550d versions for both the sedan and Touring wagon models.

Unique in this segment, the M550d is the range-topping variant of the diesel lineup, and although it’s not a proper M5, it has the exact same role on the market. It’s also an already established nameplate, having been introduced in early 2012 alongside other similar versions. Essentially, the only model that doesn’t have a competitor from Mercedes-Benz and Audi yet, the M550d comes with a major drawback, being sold on the European market only. However, its performance is outstanding given the diesel drivetrain, and it’s your only option if you want the torque and fuel economy of an oil burner, but the acceleration and dynamics of a gasoline vehicle.

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BMW 5 Series Gets Extra Large For China

BMW 5 Series Gets Extra Large For China

More legroom for the world’s largest car market

Launched for the 2017 model year, the latest-generation BMW 5 Series is already available globally in many versions, include the station wagon and the beefed-up Alpina. Come the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and the German brand introduced the long-wheelbase variant, a sedan specifically designed for the Chinese market.

To be built in China in a factory owned by the BMW Group and BMW Brilliance Automotive, the brand’s partner in the Asian country, the 5 Series LWB features a 133mm (5.2-inch) longer wheelbase that adds extra passenger room in the rear and gives the sedan a more business-oriented, stretched look.

Based on the recently unveiled 5 Series, the LWB version benefits from the same improvements as the standard model, starting with a reduced overall weight and optimized aerodynamics. The sedan is up to 130 kg (287 pounds) lighter, depending on trim and equipment. Styling is also identical to the regular-length 5 Series inside and out, but the LWB model gets a few extras inside the cabin.

On top of the extra legroom, passengers seated in the rear will enjoy a seating position that is even more comfortable as well as optimized soundproofing. There is also the option of comfort seats that are sculpted to feel more like individual seats. They also include electrically adjustable backrest tilt for the outer seats, specially designed head restraints and a center armrest with integral Touch Command unit. The removable tablet can be used for controlling a variety of functions, including the seat position and the infotainment system. Additionally, the position of the front passenger seat can be adjusted from the rear too. Don’t have enough room? Just push the button and squeeze the front passenger into the dashboard.

Finally, customers can opt for the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof with integral LED light graphic which, according to the automaker, is unique in this segment.

The 5 Series LWB will be offered in three different trims, standard, Luxury Line, and M Sport. The Luxury Line equipment variant standard out by means of a chrome strip that runs the entire width of the front bumper, while M Sport models can be easily recognized by their larger lower intake that is split into three sections.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts

2017 BMW 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts

BMW’s mid-size luxury wagon gets a shot of M sportiness

In a world often taken up by personalization divisions and aftermarket options, it’s easy to miss out on the benefits of something as simple as an add-on package. They don’t get the flashy reviews or the top-of-the-page headlines, but there is an argument that they’re just as effective in giving life vehicle. BMW’s M Performance Parts is a good example of that since it’s often overshadowed by tuning companies and Bimmer’s Individual personalization division. But as it showed in the 5 Series Touring variant of the mid-sized luxury sedan, there’s more to the M Performance Parts than meets the eye.

The treatment itself is getting some well-deserved shine at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show where BMW will be displaying the 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts in all its glory. It might be hard to recognize the difference, but rest assured, the package comes with an assortment of sporty goodies meant to drive up the personality of the 5 Series Touring. Starting with the exterior and moving to the interior and the engine (yep, there’s an optional power kit included) the M Performance Parts lives up to its name by turning the 5 Series Touring into a veritable M car.

It may not carry the iconic M badge, but that’s just a matter of cosmetics. The BMW 5 Series Touring with M Performance Parts looks and acts like an M car. That in itself is worth giving the station wagon the attention it deserves.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Touring Unveiled

2017 BMW 5 Series Touring Unveiled

Getting’ groceries and lookin’ good

BMW just revealed the 2017 5 Series Touring model, giving the recently debuted seventh-gen mid-size 5 Series line an extra dose of usability and practicality. The new model gets the same styling outside as the updated 5 Series sedan, plus new interior technology, the latest driver’s assists and safety features, and enhanced infotainment.

Four engine options are on the table at launch, all of which are turbocharged. On the gasoline front, there’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and posting a 0-to-62 mph time of 6.5 seconds. There’s also a 3.0-liter six-cylinder and eight-speed auto combo, plus AWD, which lays down 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque for a 0-to-62 mph time of 5.1 seconds.

It you prefer oil burners, you can get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which mates to a six-speed manual transmission as standard (the eight-speed is optional), and gives a 0-to-62 mph time of 8 seconds. Finally, there’s a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel with 265 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, offered with either RWD or AWD, plus an eight-speed automatic. All that twist yields a 0-to-62 mph time of around 5.6 seconds with AWD grip added.

BMW says it’ll add further engine and drivetrain options, including both RWD and AWD models, throughout the year.

Additional aluminum was used to reduce overall weight, including in the side members and the tailgate, cutting up to 100 kg (220 pounds) compared to the outgoing model. The suspension incorporates a rear air ride system as standard, while Dynamic Damper Control, an Adaptive Drive system, Integral Active Steering, and M Sport suspension are all optional.

Outside, you’ll find active grille shutters in the nose, plus standard LED headlights.

In the cabin is a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a color heads-up display, gesture control, voice control, and wireless phone charging. The seats also get eight massage programs, while the rear cargo space is up to 570 – 1,700 liters (20 – 60 cubic feet). Safety features include steering assist, lane keep assist, lane change assist, cross traffic warning, and wrong-way warning.

Look for the new 5 Series Touring in the metal at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show this coming March. Sales will commence in June. No word on whether or not BMW is planning on bringing this thing stateside, but odds are against it. And that’s a shame, because the U.S. could absolutely use more wagon hotness, don’tcha think?

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2017 BMW 5 Series

2017 BMW 5 Series

New midsize loses weight, gains new technology and 7 Series-inspired design

In 2014, our spy photographers spotted the new-generation BMW 5 Series stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring track for the very first time. Later that year, the sedan was caught once again testing in Europe. Come October 2016 and the new 5 Series finally made its official debut, showcasing its evolutionary design and state-of-the art features.

As seen with recently launched new Bimmers, the new midsize sedan lost some weight thanks to BMW using the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) technology in the larger 7 Series, as well as magnesium, aluminum, and high-strength steel in the car’s chassis. The sedan is up to 137 pounds lighter than its predecessor (depending on trim and equipment), which isn’t a whole lot but enough to make a difference in the performance and fuel economy departments.

As expected, the new-generation 5 Series was unveiled with inline four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V-8 engines for the North American market, with a high-performance M5 to follow in 2017. Meanwhile, the four-door made its U.S. debut at the Detroit Auto Show and is slated to arrive in dealerships starting February 2017.

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New BMW 5 Series Has a Sweet Navigation System

New BMW 5 Series Has a Sweet Navigation System

I had a lot of fun playing around with it

I’m a big fan of BMW, so when they finally rolled the new 5 Series onto their show floor in Detroit this week, I was super stoked to check it out. Of course, I had to stay behind the velvet rope until after their press conference and all of that, but once that was done, Bimmer lifted the ropes and let your boy in to check out all of the finer details of its new 5 Series Sedan. While the cabin was spacious and the tablets for rear seat passengers were cool, what really interested me was the navigation system up front.

Most stock navigation systems are pretty much the same these days, and maybe other models have the same functions, but BMW’s was insanely fast and responsive and was actually able to work under the metal roof and beams of the Cobo Center in Detroit. The initial display is pretty basic – it’s your normal birds-eye view of the area with a little blip showing your exact location, but zooming in gives you a mildly 3D representation of the area around you. Zooming in even further gives you a street-level view of sorts that shows all of the buildings in their exact locations and with relative height.

Naturally, I didn’t get to see the navigation in action outside of viewing my location and playing with the view, but if the responsiveness and quickness of the system are any indication, this system should make navigating unfamiliar territory a breeze. And, for the record, the rest of the system was fast and responsive as well, including phone pairing, XM radio station selection, onboard music storage loading and browsing, and navigating the various menus and settings as a whole. Maybe the systems from brands like Mercedes and Audi as just as good, but I was pretty impressed with what BMW brought to the table with the system in the 5 Series. It beats the standard google navigation system I’ve been so accustomed to for so long; that’s for sure.

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BMW M550i xDrive is the quickest 5 Series Yet!

BMW M550i xDrive is the quickest 5 Series Yet!

Until the new-generation M5 arrives, that is!

Launched in October 2016, the new-generation BMW 5 Series is so fresh that U.S. dealerships are barely getting the 530i and 540i models in the first half of 2017. Fortunately, these aren’t the only versions we’ll be able to buy in North America and BMW has just introduced the upcoming iterations at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The bad news is that the M5 isn’t here yet, but there is some good news in the 5 Series wearing the M550i xDrive badge. The second model showcased at the Cobo Center is the 530e iPerformance, which is supposed to be the most efficient sedan in the range.

The M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance will join the base four-cylinder 530i, which retails from $51,200, and the six-cylinder 540i, priced from $58,750, in U.S. dealerships.

The hybrid is the least expensive of the two new additions, set to go on sale for $51,400 before options. Add xDrive for all-wheel drive performance and stability and the sticker increases to $53,700. The first 5 Series to carry a proper hybrid drivetrain, the 530e iPerformance combines the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with electric power for a total system output of 248 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes six seconds in RWD layout and 5.8 ticks with AWD, which is as quick as the gas-only 530i model.

Moving over to the M550i, it comes in at $72,100 before options, which makes it the most expensive current-generation 5 Series as of early 2017. Equipped with xDrive as standard, the M550i gets its juice from a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 that cranks out 456 horsepower and a whopping 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 12-horsepower and 37-pound-feet improvement over the outgoing 550i, which returns an impressive 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.9 seconds. This little figure here makes the M550i xDrive the quickest 5 Series yet and only the upcoming M5 will be able to set a better benchmark in terms of acceleration.

Both vehicles are set to arrive in U.S. dealerships this spring.

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2018 BMW M550i xDrive

2018 BMW M550i xDrive

The 5 Series will get M Sport treatment for 2017!

BMW markets the 5 Series as the world’s most successful business sedan, and considering it’s been around since 1972, there’s some merit to that. For the 2017 model year, the 5 Series entered its seventh generation, bringing a new design inside and out, a mild weight decreases thanks to CFRP technology derived from that of the 7 Series, a drag coefficient of just 0.22 Cd, a new 10.25-inch iDrive display, and an updated HUD that covers 70 percent more “space” than that of the outgoing model. BMW has yet to release official output numbers, but a mild increase in performance across the range is expected. BMW hasn’t even opened the order books yet, but that hasn’t stopped it from announcing the first ever M Performance version of the 5 Series. Dubbed the M550 xDrive, it comes complete with a 4.4-liter V-8 that produces 456 horsepower to go with a rear-wheel biased AWD system and an M Performance Chassis.

So, the ink isn’t even dry on the drawing board, and Bimmer is already growing its lineup of 5 Series models. This M550i will be the first M Performance model to us an M-Performance-modified V-8 and can be equipped with a handful of driver assistant systems. On the competition front, the standard 5 Series competes against models like the Audi A6, Infiniti Q70, and even the Cadillac CTS. But, do any of these competitors have a model that can actually compete with the new M550i? Well, we won’t know for sure until we get to see the M550i in the metal, but we can certainly look at how they all compare on paper. With that said, let’s get to it and see all of what the M550i has to offer.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Sedan With M Performance Accessories

2016 BMW 5 Series Sedan With M Performance Accessories

Add more life to your 5 Series sedans with these new M Performance accessories

In addition to being the most recognized brands in the world, major automakers can also afford to do things that some of its lesser equipped peers can do. Take BMW for example. Nobody is going to accuse the German automaker for being a “small” manufacturer and that’s precisely why it can afford to have something like BMW M Performance, a customization program meant to infuse M-like capabilities to most of BMW’s model lineup. The recently held Essen Motor Show showcased these wares to the public, including the new line of M Performance accessories that are set to become available for all variants of the new BMW 5 Series sedan.

If you happen to own any of new 5 Series variants that BMW’s talking about, these accessories are for you. Existing owners of the current-generation 5 Series have no reason to worry too because the accessories can be retrofitted to their cars to provide a dose of upgrades on all sections of the model. If you piece them all together, the new M Performance accessories for the 5 Series follow a similar blueprint as aftermarket programs. There are upgrades on the sedan’s aerodynamics, interior, drivetrain, and suspension. It even offers upgrades to the wheels, which proves the lengths by which BMW is capable of going to give its customers the service they deserve.

Most of the M Performance accessories can be had either separately or as a whole set depending on the whims and preference of a BMW 5 Series owner. BMW is set to launch the M Performance accessories for the new 5 Series in the first quarter of 2017, coinciding with the launch of the high-performance M550i xDrive. The new BMW 5 Series hits the road on February 2017.

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2018 BMW 5 Series Touring

2018 BMW 5 Series Touring

The proper alternative for a crossover

As BMW’s quest to fill every conceivable niche in the automotive segment continues, old favorites are still getting love. The German automaker debuted an all-new, fifth-generation version of its venerable 5 Series sedan model in late 2016, but the wagon version followed rapidly. Known as the 5 Series Touring, it was developed with the European market in mind. Six engine options exist, three of which can be optioned with BMW’s xDrive AWD system. The wagon rides on the same chassis as the 5 Series sedan, which is lighter yet more rigid than the previous model. Its cargo space has grown over the previous model, giving it an impressive 60 cubic feet of space behind the first row.

Sadly though, the American market will not enjoy this model. Wagons simply can’t compete with SUVs and crossovers these days. That’s a shame, too, especially when considering the benefits of a cavernous cargo space married with the performance driving characteristics inherent to the new 5 Series.

Six trim/engine choices are available with the 2018 5 Series Touring: the 520d, 525d 530d, 520i, 530i, and the 540i. Manual transmission fans can opt for the six-speed gearbox in the 520d. The rest come with BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox from ZF.

Of course, the Touring model gets all the same technology found on the 5 Series sedan. This includes the new 10.25-inch Control Display for the iDrive system, a Head-Up Display, 3D mapping in the navigation system, email and contact syncing with Microsoft Exchange, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a slew of active safety features on par with the cutting edge of legality.

There’s plenty more information about the 5 Series Touring, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2018 Alpina B5

2018 Alpina B5

Making a better M5

BMW just released the new, seventh-generation 5 Series, a.k.a. the G30, and with its arrival comes the expectation of a new Alpina B5. Essentially a BMW-approved tuner-special variant of the stock Bavarian mid-size luxury sedan, the new B5 is a viable alternative to the inevitable M-badged 5 Series, offering sleek, subtle styling enhancements, a classy, uber-comfortable cabin packed with technology, and a heady dose of turbocharged adrenaline under the hood.

It’s an intoxicating combination if you want more excitement from the 5 Series, but don’t want to go with the standard issue M5, or a hodgepodge of parts thrown together by any old speed shop. Alpina stands apart as a badge laden with OEM quality and high-end performance, and for the past 50 years or so, the company has been putting together race cars and street cars that take BMW’s best to new heights. 

Unfortunately, it’s rare to find Alpina’s offerings here in the states, which makes the recently spied B5 test mule pictured here a forbidden fruit. Regardless, spotting the new B5 in its native habitat incites a little speculation on our part. Read on for our predictions as to what it’ll offer.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Unveiled

2017 BMW 5 Series Unveiled

The five turns seven

BMW just unveiled the seventh-generation 5 Series, and with the changeover comes upgraded performance, improved driving dynamics, and a huge portfolio of technology.

Let’s start under the hood, where we find either a four- or six-cylinder all-aluminum powerplant. Boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger, the 2.0-liter four-banger manages 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, launching the 5 Series from 0-to-60 mph in 6 seconds (5.8 seconds with AWD). At the top of the trim line is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder producing 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to propel the Bimmer from 0-to-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (4.7 seconds with AWD).

Each powertrain will be offered with AWD at launch. Handling the cogs is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Speaking of handling, the 5 Series uses a double-wishbone suspension in front, and a five-link set-up in the rear. Buyers can now opt into available adaptive components with Dynamic Damper Control (basically electromechanical anti-roll stabilization). There’s also Integral Active Steering, which can now be combined with AWD.

BMW’s M Division will offer up a Sport Package that includes new aero, Shadowline exterior trim, a lowered suspension, 19-inch wheels, a new steering wheel, and upgraded interior materials. Adding the M also bumps top speed to 155 mph.

Inside, you’ll find a new iDrive system, a heads-up display, upgraded voice control, and gesture control. Rounding out the infotainment is a standard 10.25-inch display, and a suite of semi-autonomous driving systems (active cruise control, lane-departure warning, parking assist, etc.).

The exterior dimensions were increased, and there are active slats in the kidney grille for greater aero efficiency. Wheel sizing is up to 20 inches in diameter.

Look for the 2017 BMW 5 Series in dealers this February, with pricing details expected sometime closer to launch.

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New BMW 5 Series Revealed in Leaked Photos

New BMW 5 Series Revealed in Leaked Photos

New luxury midsize breaks cover ahead of its official debut

Scheduled to break cover this October, the next-generation BMW 5 Series surfaced the Interwebz early thanks to a small batch of leaked photos. The pictures reveal the sedan exterior design, but also gives us a glimpse of the redesigned interior.

Not surprisingly, the 5 Series’ new design language is very conservative and in line with the larger 7 Series that debuted in 2015. The overall shape remains unchanged, and even though the beltline is a bit more pronounced, the new 5 Series is a mild update over its predecessor. Up front, it sports a beefier kidney grille, longer and sleeker headlamps, and revised bumper intakes. Around back, there’s a set of revised taillights with new LED signatures and a new bumper with trapezoidal exhaust pipes.

The cabin is heavily based on that of the 7 Series, featuring an almost identical center stack. The sedan appears to feature a similar wood trim layout and the same infotainment screen atop the dash. A notable difference is noticeable in the center stack. While the 7 Series has its A/C vents separated from the radio and HVAC controls, in the 5 Series they are integrated into the same element.

You can also notice a redesigned steering wheel and door panels, but again, these features are based on those already seen inside the 7 Series. Not that it’s bad to have the midsize mirror the range-topping model, but a bit more diversity would have been nice.

Information about technology and and the drivetrain isn’t yet available, but we do know that the new 5 Series rides on a new, lighter platform. A couple of new engines are also on the table alongside revised versions of older powerplants.

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Leaked Ordering Guide Shows BMW 5-Series is going Semi-Autonomous

Leaked Ordering Guide Shows BMW 5-Series is going Semi-Autonomous

It didn’t take long for these features to trickle down from the 7 Series

We already know quite a bit about the next-gen BMW 5 Series. We’ve seen it testing on public roads a couple of times, one of which revealed the basics of the car’s M Sport Package. We also know that is should be somewhat lighter than the current model and should make its official debut at the Paris Auto Show at the send of September. Now, Bimmer Post has come across a leaked ordering guide for the 2017 BMW 5 Series, with three distinctive driver assistance packages.

The entry level package, RPO code ZDA includes a head-up display, park distance control, rearview camera, and a parking assistant. Then there’s RPO code ZBD that BMW is calling the Driver Assistance Plus Package. This includes active driving assistant, parking assistant plus, blind spot detection, daytime pedestrian protection, frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation, speed limit information, and surround view camera.

Then there’s the top-of-the-line package that’s being called Driver Assistance Plus II and brings true semi-autonomous features to the table. It includes automatic cruise control with stop and go, active lane keeping assistant with side collision avoidance, traffic jam assist, and active lane change. The ordering guide you can see here also exposes three different sets of wheels with or without run-flat tires, a large handful of metallic exterior paint options, various leather options, and M Sport Package, and a Luxury Package, among other things. This is a big move for the 5 Series, but don’t expect them to come cheap.

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2018 Alpina B5 Touring

2018 Alpina B5 Touring

The Alpina B5 Touring was caught testing on the Nürburgring

It wasn’t all that long ago that we heard rumors about a BMW M5 Wagon being in the works, but so far we have yet to see an official example. But, not all is lost, as sneaky cameramen have managed to catch what we believe to be the Alpina B5 Touring putting in some beautiful work on the Nürburgring. For now, the Audi RS6 Avant and the AMG E63 Wagon have been dominating this specific segment, but this B5 Touring mule tells us that an M5 Touring is certainly on its way. For those of you who haven’t been keeping track, BMW hasn’t had an M5 Touring since the E61 Touring that was produced from 2007 to 2010, and even then it never made it to the U.S.

According to our camera crew, the B5 Touring you see here was actually making some rather quick laps on the ‘Ring, but that doesn’t mean it will get to us any quicker. It would be blasphemy for Alpina to drop the B5 Touring before the BMW-branded M5 hit the streets. The M5 should be revealed around this time next year, so you can expect the Alpina B5 and D5 – it’s diesel-drinking, torque-producing cousin – to be officially revealed sometime after that.

So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the spy shots we have here today and talk a little more about the Alpina B5 Touring.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition

Polished, practical, and maybe even a little sexy

At this point, it should be more than obvious that if you want a car with utility and space for at least five people, but don’t wanna join the crowd of crossovers you see crammed onto the roads, your best option is to get your hands on a wagon. Once a steadfast bastion of the practical, wagons have seen a sharp decline in popularity over the last few decades, the result of an all-out assault from the tall-bodied insanity of the current SUV craze. But fear not – the wagon hasn’t gone gently into that good night, at least not yet, and we’ve assembled five top-shelf options right here for your perusal and approval.

Rather than limiting ourselves to what’s currently available, we decided to look ahead in anticipation of what’ll be in dealers in the next year or so, including both existing offerings and those that have yet to be released. As it turns out, there are a few very strong entries barreling down the pipeline right now, which means buyers will have a nice selection of premium wagons when shopping in 2017.

So what’s topping the menu? Read on to find out.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Baron Edition

2016 BMW 5 Series Baron Edition

BMW adds a few options to the 5 Series to make "the gentleman’s car."

If you haven’t noticed, auto manufacturers are practically breaking their necks to release special edition models. It seems like there have already been a ton in the first four months of 2016. Last year BMW released the 5 Series Maestro as a Japan-only special edition, and now BMW is jumping on that wagon again with the BMW 5 Series Baron Edition, a model it claims is “for the real gentleman” and will only be available on the Japanese market.

The special edition is based on the BMW 523d sedan and includes just a few goodies that make it stand out from the standard model. But, don’t get too excited, because just about everything included on the special edition can be optioned on the standard 523d, so there really isn’t anything new to discuss as far as offerings go. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise you much, considering terms like “special edition” and “limited edition” are thrown around pretty loosely these days.

With that said, BMW will start taking orders for the “real gentleman’s car” on April 23rd, and just 200 examples will be sold before the mold is broken. So, why don’t we take a closer look at it before it officially goes on sale and see if there is anything to be excited about.

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2017 BMW 5 Series GT

2017 BMW 5 Series GT

Around since 2011, the current BMW 5 Series is scheduled to receive a replacement for the 2017 model year. Alongside the new sedan, the Germans are also working on a new version of the Gran Turismo, the hatchback-style model that slots between the four-door and the wagon.

Much like its 5 Series siblings, the Gran Turismo will ride on the new platform that debuted with the 2016 7 Series, meaning it will benefit from a sportier chassis and will shed at least 200 pounds compared to the previous model. The exterior will also be new, blending styling cues from the next-generation 5 Series and a fastback-like rear end with a massive hatch as a trunk lid.

Expect important upgrades in the tech department, with plenty of state-of-the-art features borrowed from the 7 Series, along with a more attractive interior layout. As for powertrains, the 5 Series GT should arrive with a comprehensive selection of gasoline and diesel engines, and according to recent rumors, maybe even a hybrid drivetrain.

The launch date is still a mystery, but given that the standard 5 Series should break cover in 2016, the Gran Turismo model is likely to make its public debut by the end of next year. Keep it locked here for updates and keep on reading to find out what we already know about the 5 Series GT.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan Caught Testing: Spy Shots

2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan Caught Testing: Spy Shots

It’s pretty common to see various groups of future cars testing together, so when spy photographers sent over the latest batch of photos for the 2016 BMW 5 Series Touring station wagon, it was no surprise that new images popped up for the next-gen 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan. Better yet, it’s the plug-in hybrid version of the upcoming sedan, which will probably be named the 540e.

Unlike previous spy shots, this prototype seems to be wearing production taillights (although they are heavily camouflaged) showing that BMW is getting closer to the launch of this redesigned sedan. Considering the timing, BMW could introduce the new 5 Series lineup in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales likely starting early next year.

The biggest difference between this prototype and previous cars spotted is, of course, the fact that it’s a hybrid. Aside from the plug-in door on the left front fender and the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” stickers, the only visual change in this sedan is the lack of smooth, chrome exhaust finishers integrated into the fascia as were present on non-hybrid versions of the car. It’s possible the plug-in model could have hidden exhaust outlets (as some hybrids do), but there’s also the chance that a hybrid-specific fascia is still being developed.

As for what’s under the hood, the plug-in 5 Series will probably carry over the powertrain of the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e, which consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed transmission with an integrated electric motor. The engine is rated at 241 horsepower and the electric motor at 111 horsepower giving the SUV a total output of 309 horsepower. The best part is the plug-in X5 has all-electric range of 19 miles at a maximum speed of 75 mph.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Touring Caught Testing Again: Spy Shots

2016 BMW 5 Series Touring Caught Testing Again: Spy Shots

The next 2017 BMW 5 Series will be completely new when it arrives in 2016, and will come with new tech that debuted in the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, along with a new range of engines and less weight. Internally designated G31, our photographers recently caught the five-door touring variant of the next 5 Series testing out in the wild.

While this test mule doesn’t reveal much, it is wearing a bit less camo than other preproduction 5 Series prototypes we’ve seen. Like the G11 2016 7 Series, the next 5 Series’ styling will be an evolution of BMW’s current design language, which consists of subtly contoured surfaces and creased accent lines that hint at the car’s high-tech underpinnings. This test mule also shows a bit more of the headlamps too, which will be larger and conjoin with the signature kidney grills.

The next 5 Series will also be bigger than the car it replaces, with more interior space, and in the case of the Touring variant, more space in the back for dogs, kids, luggage and Home Depot runs. Like the F11 Touring, the G31 Touring also gets a sizable panorama glass roof. Weight will be reduced thanks to carbon-fiber reinforced-plastic body panels, which will continue to proliferate throughout BMW’s entire range.

BMW hasn’t announced anything official, but here’s what we think we know so far about what’s going on under the sheet metal. The engine lineup will consist of more powerful and efficient versions of BMW’s modular turbocharged six-, four- and possibly three-cylinder engines. Other possibilities include the very welcome return of the M5 Touring with a twin-turbo V-8 and a six-cylinder ActiveHybrid 5 Touring.

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Japan Gets BMW 5 Series Grace Line Edition

Japan Gets BMW 5 Series Grace Line Edition

Asian countries, Japan and China specifically, get a lot of attention from luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes. Today, BMW has announced that it will deliver yet another special model to Asia in the form of the Japan-exclusive 5 Series Grace Line.

The Grace Line will be a package, much like the Sport Line and Luxury Line, but BMW will limit it to only 160 examples. Unlike so many “special” models exclusive to Asia, this limited 5 Series actually offers a lot of bang for the buck.

This model gains two exclusive colors (mineral and gray), exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, exclusive matte-chrome bars on the grille, adaptive LED headlights, LED turn signals, LED cornering lights, LED fog lights, and a high-gloss Shadow Line exterior. On the inside, this special Bimmer gains Dakota leather sport seats with contrast stitching, heated front seats, a multifunction M steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather, a rear-window electric blind, and dedicated interior badges. As an option, buyers can also add a sunroof.

The Grace Line will be available on two versions of the BMW 5 Series, the 523i and the 523d. The 523i features a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine, which produces 135 kW (181 horsepower) and 270 Nm (199 foot-pounds) of torque. The 523d has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that churns out 135 kW (181 horsepower) and 380 Nm (280 pound-feet) of torque. Both models use an eight-speed auto transmission.

Both the 523i Grace Line and the 523d Grace Line will hit showrooms on June 13th, 2015. The 523i will start from ¥7,200,000 ($57,855 as of 2015) and the 523d will base at ¥7,430,000 ($59,703 as of 2015).

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BMW 5 Series Makes Its Nurburgring Debut: Spy Shots

BMW 5 Series Makes Its Nurburgring Debut: Spy Shots

BMW has been testing a lot of new sedans lately. In fact, the Germans have been testing every single sedan in their lineup, not including the weird hunchback parts of their GT niche. The next-generation 7 Series has been spotted stretching its wheels on public roads for quite a few months now, recently joined by the facelifted 3 Series, which, as expected, won’t receive more than just a few nips and tucks. Now, Munich’s test drivers have taken the next-generation 5 Series out for a spin on the Nurburgring track.

First spotted on the road in mid-December 2014 and then again in late January 2015, the 2017 5 Series arrived at the "Green Hell" with some changes on the outside, albeit still wearing a thick layer of swirly camouflage. The most important novelty is the production headlamps, seen for the very first time on a prototype. The revised camouflage also lets us have a better look at the new front grille, which seems in line with the twin-kidney piece seen on recent production Bimmers, being wider and a tad thinner for a sportier appearance.

The big news here is that the sedan sports an additional "fuel cap" on the left front fender, meaning this is our first glimpse at the Plug-In Hybrid version of the upcoming 5 Series. Specifics are still unknown, but my guess is BMW will use the same powertrain as the X5 xDrive40e. The SUV employs a 2.0-liter four-pot and an electric motor for a total output of 313 horsepower.

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Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series Caught During Winter Testing

Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series Caught During Winter Testing

It has only been about a month since we first caught a glimpse of BMW out testing its next-gen 5 Series sedan, but a more recent batch of spy shots shows that the automaker is putting some more miles on the 2017 BMW 5 Series on some frozen, snowy tundra.

Very little has changed between the two prototype spottings including the fact that both cars seem to have a small door on the left front fender suggesting that they are plug-in hybrid models. Despite this similarity, though, each car utilizes a different exhaust design with the latest example getting two outlets on the driver’s side of the car rather than the previous prototype that had one outlet on each side.

Aside from the different exhaust pipes, these cars appear to be the same, although the heavy camouflage still makes it hard to get any real idea of what the car will look like. The styling elements we can discern (mostly consisting of the roofline and the general shape) suggest that the design of the 2017 5 Series will certainly be an evolution of the current car rather than a groundbreaking new look.

There’s no doubt this new 5 Series will carry cues from recent BMW introductions including a larger, more upright kidney grille, wider headlights that stretch toward the grille and a new taillight design with more expressive lighting elements. As for the rest design, your guess is as good as ours.

The big differences between the current 5 Series and the new 2017 model will be what’s under the skin including the addition of the plug-in hybrid variant. This includes an all-new platform that will help this sedan shave around 200 pounds of curb weight, but downsized turbocharged engine options will continue to balance performance and efficiency.

There is still no word as to when BMW plans to unveil the 2017 BMW 5 Series, but we will probably have to wait until late 2016 to see it on the road.

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BMW Highlights The M535i: Video

BMW Highlights The M535i: Video

Despite not being officially badged as an M5, the BMW M535i is considered by many — including the Bavarian carmaker itself — as the spiritual predecessor to the mighty M sedan. In many ways, it was the first German factory sports sedan in its segment, starting a legacy that culminated with the first generation of the BMW M5 in 1984. No less than 35 years later, BMW saw fit to bring back some memories of the M535i via a somewhat monotonous press video with the model.

Based on the first-generation BMW 5 Series, the model was essentially an ordinary 535i — the top of the range model at the time — that had been tuned in-house by then Motorsport Technik, or BMW’s motorsport division. Its naturally-aspirated, 3.5-liter, inline-six engine was good for 218 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque, which may not sound impressive nowadays but it was something entirely different over three decades ago. Unlike the previous 3.0 CSL and the M1, the M535i wasn’t a purpose-built sports car from the ground up, which makes it have an even more special aura about it from some points of view, not to mention the fact that it was the first ever M sedan.

With a rather understated exterior and using the large frame of the 5 Series, the M535i was regarded by many back then as a sleeper, or a Q-car, a vehicle which looks comfortable but certainly not fast. This probably made for some pretty interesting meetings at the stop lights, even though only 1,650 units of the model were ever built, making it a bit of a rara avis even among the few performance sedans of the 1980s.

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BMW N63 Customer Care Package: A Recall That BMW Refuses to Call a Recall

BMW N63 Customer Care Package: A Recall That BMW Refuses to Call a Recall

With 2014 being officially known in the automotive world as the "year of the recalls," it is no wonder that certain carmakers are trying and steer away from being put in the same boat as those offering cars with Takata airbags. BMW is one of those brands, with the Bavarian automaker currently trying to pass a voluntary recall as a much fancier "customer care package." The recall involves just about every BMW with the N63 engine ever built, although probably not all cars will need to have the same amount of work done to them.

For those unfamiliar with BMW engine terminology, the N63 powerplant is the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 with 402 horsepower that saw use in every 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X5, and X6 model that have names ending with "50i" and were manufactured between 2008 and 2013. Having the service bulletin number B001314, the recall may take several days for each vehicle involved and could include replacement of the fuel injectors, mass airflow sensors, battery, crankcase vent lines, fuel pressure sensor, the engine’s vacuum pump and last, but certainly not least, replacement of the timing chain.

If all that didn’t sound like enough, all cars using this exact variant of the N63 engine will no longer be a part of the BMW long-life service intervals, instead requiring a service check every 12 months or 10,000 driven miles. Everything is not as grim as it sounds though, since it seems that affected BMW owners will receive a replacement car for the time that their vehicles are in the shop. Plus, the carmaker will also offer to buy-back the affected vehicle and offer a new one at a discounted price.

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Spy Shots: 2017 BMW 5 Series Begins Testing

Spy Shots: 2017 BMW 5 Series Begins Testing

We knew BMW was working on a brand-new 5 Series model since early 2014, when the first prototypes were spotted while being towed to a test facility in Europe. However, no test vehicle had hit the street on its own wheels recently, hinting that development was either slow or BMW had yet to reach that stage with an all-new platform on its hands. But with 2015 nearly upon us, the Germans finally took the next-generation sedan out for a test run, providing us with our first look at the vehicle set to replace the F10 model. Sure, these spy shots aren’t exactly revealing, given all that camouflage standing between our eyes and the body, but at least now we know things are well underway.

Very little is known about the upcoming 5 Series, but one thing that’s 100-percent certain is Munich is using a brand-new platform for its Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 competitor. Much like the next-gen 7 Series, the upcoming 5 Series is going to fat camp to lose around 200 pounds for improved performance and better fuel economy. A fresh exterior design is also on the table, but don’t expect anything radical as far as styling goes.

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2015 BMW 5 Series GT Power eDrive

2015 BMW 5 Series GT Power eDrive

Like many automakers today, BMW is also elbows deep into developing highly efficient vehicles with low or zero carbon-dioxide emissions. The Germans already have the i3 electric car and the i8 hybrid, as well as a series of mind Activehybrid models, but Munich has expressed its intentions to launch more efficient vehicles with a range of newly-developed technologies. There have been rumors about BMW signing a partnership for batteries and parts with Tesla Motors and even the possibility of a hydrogen-fueled i5, but what we do know for a fact is that the Germans are working on a very efficient hybrid drivetrain that goes by the name Power eDrive.

Following the success of the i3 and the i8, BMW has developed a brand-new drivetrain that combines its proven turbo-four gasoline engine with a couple of powerful electric motors. BMW isn’t gunning for efficiency alone, but it also wants to enable its future hybrid to deliver the performance customers are familiar with and more. Still in its prototype phase, the Power eDrive could be the most powerful BMW production powertrain ever at 680 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. The combo is currently being showcased in the 5 Series Gran Turismo, but it could find its way into several BMW models, ranging from sedan to SUVs. The Germans might even be planning a supercar with this drivetrain, although the two electric motors and the battery packs are still far from being light enough for a vehicle above the i8.

It could take a few years to find out the company’s specific plans for the Power eDrive, but in the meantime let’s have a look at this brand-new drivetrain as showcased in the 5 Series GT prototype below.

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Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series Touring Reveals its Interior

Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series Touring Reveals its Interior

Although it received a much-anticipated facelift for the 2014 model year, the current-generation BMW 5 Series won’t be around for more than a couple of years. A completely redesigned version is being tested as we speak, and the Germans are readying for a 2016 launch. Much like every new generation, the upcoming 5 Series sedan will debut alongside a Touring brother, or as we call it here in the States, a station wagon. Both vehicles have been spotted in the past wearing swirly camouflage and prototype lights.

It’s been a few months since we’ve last seen a 5 Series and our spy photographers have stumbled upon the 5 Series Touring this time. Nothing has changed camouflage-wise, but this time the vehicle was riding on its own wheels and not on a truck. Actually, the photos show the wagon is already stretching its legs on the Nurburgring track, which suggests the Germans have reached a new development stage.

What’s more, our paparazzi also managed to snap some shots of the interior, a premiere in the case of the next-gen 5 Series. Read on to find out more about the newest details surrounding BMW’s upcoming midsize luxury car.

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Video: Chris Harris Takes a Ride in the 2014 BMW 535d

Video: Chris Harris Takes a Ride in the 2014 BMW 535d

Chris Harris started the year with a series of models specially developed to deliver great fuel economy. This time around, Harris got behind the wheel of the 2014 BMW 535d.

We’re not very sure what happened and why Harris went from extreme drifting to these obedient reviews, but it looks like someone paid him to treat this car as nicely as he possibly could. Then again, when you’re whipping around a diesel-powered BMW 5 Series, there’s not too much desire to really hammer on it. Rather, this is an elegant and class car that tuned more for mpg than drifting.

Under the hood of the BMW 535d is a 3.0-liter, straight-six diesel engine that delivers a total of 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and a stump-ripping 413 pound-feet from 1,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is complete in just 5.8 seconds and top speed is limited to 130 mph.

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2013 BMW 5 Series Touring by AC Schnitzer

2013 BMW 5 Series Touring by AC Schnitzer

In December, one of the best tuning shows kicks off in Essen, Germany, and AC Schnitzer has already started unwrapping kits it will display on the show floor. The first of them will be based on the BMW 5 Series Touring and as expected, it includes upgrades to the exterior, interior and the drivetrain.

AC Schnitzer is offering power upgrades to pretty much all the models in the 5er Touring lineup, starting with the 520d and up to the 550i with output ranging from 34 to 93 horsepower. As you probably expected, the biggest upgrade is for the 550i, which AC tuned to deliver a total of 525 horsepower — a healthy boost from the standard 449 horsepower.

To help milk this extra power from the various 5 Series models, AC remapped the ECU and added a new exhaust system with sports rear silencer and tailpipes.

Also included is a sharp body kit that gives the 5 Series a new look, while maintaining its overall classy appearance. On the inside, the 5er gets an aluminum gear shifter knob and pedals, as well as high-end velour floor mats.

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2014 BMW 5 Series GT

2014 BMW 5 Series GT

The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is still a relative baby in the industry after only making its debut in 2009. But in the short time that its been around, the 5er GT has made quite an impression on a lot of people, but not exactly for the right reasons.

Next to the 5 Series Sedan and Touring, BMW will also be offering a facelift version for the not-so-successful 5 Series GT.

Just like with the sedan and touring, the 5 Series GT has received a host of changes to its design to make it a little more enticing to the public, including a new front bumper, a slightly revised grille, and a new headlight design. On the backside, it will receive a new bumper and taillights with new graphics. All these changes, while extensive in description, don’t really add the kind of eye-popping upgrades that we were looking for in the 2014 model.

The interior of the 5 Series GT is wonderful, though. That’s pretty important considering that with its young age relative to its competitors - the Audi S6 and the Mercedes E-Class, among them - BMW needed something to catch some eyes and pique their interests.

Where the 5 Series GT has the leg up though is the impressive powertrain options being offered. The old N55 engine is still alive and kicking, as is the world famous N63 powertrain that gives some serious noise under the hood of that fastback.

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2013 BMW 550i S3 by Dinan Engineering

2013 BMW 550i S3 by Dinan Engineering

How would you like a BMW 550i with nearly the same output of a BMW M5? Sounds great, right?

Dinan Engineering decided that a 550i can do much more than BMW believes and came up with a tuning kit for it. A standard 550i is powered by a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine equipped with TwinPower technology for a maximum output of 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, which are pretty respectable numbers.

The guys over Dinan decided that wasn’t enough and installed larger intercoolers and turbochargers, and remapped the ECU. Also included with the kit is a new exhaust system and a carbon-fiber high-flow intake. All of these upgrades take the final output up to a total of 542 horsepower and 587 pound-feet of torque, which is only 18 horsepower less than the M5 and 86 pound-feet of torque more than the M5. Top speed has also been increased to an amazing 200 mph, which bests the M5’s top rating of 190 mph.

The problem is the price, as a base 550i costs $62,700 and the kit adds another $39,000. This means a total of $101,700. you can snag up an M5 sedan is from $90,200.

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2014 BMW 5-Series

2014 BMW 5-Series

After being caught testing in many times, the revised BMW 5-Series lineup made its world debut today before being put on sale later in July. As no surprise, BMW is offering no major updates on the car’s exterior and look, but it did added a new model to the lineup: the 518d, plus a more powerful V-8 powertrain.

In terms of design the 5-Series sedan received different structured lower air intakes, a modified front apron and more sharply contoured taillights. For the first time the 5-Series is being offered with two new package: BMW Luxury Line and BMW Modern Line packages, both adding exclusive design and equipment features.

For the interior BMW is offering additional chrome trim, more room on the storage compartments, and of course new upholstery colors and interior trim elements.

Updated 05/21/2013: BMW U.S.A announced pricing and release date for the revised 5-Series lineup.

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2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

The sixth-generation BMW 5-Series sedan - or the F10/F11 - was unveiled in 2009 as a 2010 model and the station wagon version, also known as the Touring model, arrived one year later. This would make it a relatively young model, but BMW is already offering a revision for both the sedan and the touring models.

Just like with the sedan, the Touring version also received only minor revisions, including: different structured lower air intakes, a modified front apron and more sharply contoured taillights. For the interior, BMW offers a new chrome trim, more room in the storage compartments, and new upholstery colors and interior trim elements.

BMW is also adding a new 518d and, for the top version, a more powerful V-8 powertrain.

Updated 05/20/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

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2013 BMW 5-Series Exclusive Sport Edition

2013 BMW 5-Series Exclusive Sport Edition

Everybody’s producing exclusive models in Japan these days. A few days after Volkswagen introduced the Golf Erste Edition in the Land of the Rising Sun, fellow German automaker BMW is set to have its own limited-run, Japan-exclusive model.

It’s called the 5-Series Executive Sport Edition and as you can tell, it’s been tagged as an exclusive model by BMW because of the multitude of new features added to make it stand out from the rest of the 5-Series models out there.

Only 300 models of the 5-Series Executive Sport Edition will be made. Unfortunately, none of them will hit U.S. shores, so the closest thing we can come to looking at them is through the photos below.

That being said, it’s not like we’re missing a whole lot. It’s still a 5-Series, which is available in our shores, albeit with a few added goodies. But in the end, we won’t be losing a whole lot of sleep knowing that this model will only be available from halfway around the world.

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Spy Shots: BMW 5-Series GT Drops Some Camouflage

The 5-Series GT is one of the most unsuccessful models in BMW’s lineup, so before deciding if the model will survive or not, the company has prepared some small revisions for it. Our spy photographers have caught the car testing one more time, and as you can see, it has dropped more of its camouflage.

The car is wearing camouflage on only those parts of the body that benefit from this revision. Up front, the revised 5-Series GT will receive a new bumper, a slightly revised grille and a new headlight design that will most likely go all the way to the grille, like on the 3-Series. For the rear, the model will receive a new bumper and taillights with new graphics.

The most important update will lay under the 535i GT’s hood; this model will drop the current N55 engine in favor of a new turbocharged in-line six-cylinder.

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2014 5-Series Image Leaked Again

2014 5-Series Image Leaked Again

We have been keeping close tabs on the updated 5-Series and we have caught some pretty nice spy shots. Unfortunately, the testers have done a pretty good job keeping the revisions hidden. We saw a few leaked images last month, but the source was not very reputable. The covers were blown off once again today, as Auto Zeitung is obviously doing a piece on the facelift and an image from this article has oozed its way onto the information superhighway. This new image confirms that the previous leaks were accurate and gives us a little clarity.

From the looks of this leaked image, all of our suspicions are accurate. The image reveals that the grille is fully modified and the lower air dam is now wide open, giving the 5er a rather odd-looking smile. The only area that we were initially incorrect on is the headlight design — they do not go all the way to the grille like they do on the 3-Series. Another area we were slightly incorrect was the hood, which features larger ridges and a deeper valley down the center of it.

Unfortunately, no details were revealed about the powerplants, but we expect to see a new in-line six cylinder to replace the N55. We’ll find out all of the official details in Shanghai!

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2014 BMW 5-Series Revealed in Leaked Images

2014 BMW 5-Series Revealed in Leaked Images

Our spy photographers have caught the facelifted version of the BMW 5-Series testing in many times, but each time the prototypes were slightly camouflaged. Today, however, a set of images coming from China have revealed the upcoming 5-Series completely undisguised.

The exterior changes are quite limited and they include: larger fog lamps surrounded by chrome detailing and a revised rear bumper. The biggest surprise is that BMW decided not to install the headlamps we have seen in the new 3-Series. Or, is this a sign that these leaked images are fake?

The interior will also receive a series of updates, including: higher quality materials and new technologies. Under the hood, the only major update we know of is a new turbocharged in-line six-cylinder replacing the old N55 engine in the 535i version.

We expect BMW to unveil the revised 5-Series pretty soon, most likely at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show or in April at the Auto Shanghai.

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BMW Launches M Limited Edition Models in Australia

BMW Launches M Limited Edition Models in Australia

The Land Down Under is fixing to get an infusion of M awesomeness after BMW’s Australian division launched a series of limited-run M Sport models as part of the company’s "Festival of M".

That’s really great, made even more so by the fact that the M Sport lineup will feature a number of models, each coming with their own unique modifications. The biggest of the bunch is the X5 M Sport Limited Edition and BMW Australia decked with a bevy of new components. The M Sport body kit is obviously fitted into the SUV, as was a chrome M Sport tailpipe finisher, bi-xenon headlights and a set of 20-inch M double spoke alloy wheels. Looking at the photo of the SUV, though, there doesn’t appear to much of a difference from the standard model.

Meanwhile, the interior is dressed up too, at least to a certain extent. There’s the M leather-wrapped steering wheel with gearshift paddles and electric seats. Other components include a Navigation Professional package, an automatic tailgate, a rearview camera, voice control and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors. This one isn’t exactly our cup of tea, at least compared to what the other M Sport limited edition models.

The next two are the 5-Series and Z4, both of which will receive an M Sport package that includes an M Sport suspension, a new aero kit, a leather steering wheel, a set of bespoke 18-inch alloys, blue leather-piped velour floor mats, chrome-plated "Limited Edition" door sill finishers, an anthracite headliner for the coupe, and blue-stitched upholstery. Now this is more like it. The mixture of aesthetic and aero upgrades is definitely right in our wheelhouse. If you can get aftermarket performance upgrades on that Z4, then you really have something there.

Finally, the 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible have received M Sport Plus packages, comprising of an aluminum glacier silver interior trim with glossy-black kidney grilles. The 3er, in particular, also has new sport seats, black exterior mirror caps, and stainless steel foot pedals.

If given a choice, we’re definitely rolling with the Z4 M Limited Edition. Its program is comprehensive enough without being too tacky.

Check out the price list of all M Limited Edition models after the jump.

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2014 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid

2014 BMW 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid

Back at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW unveiled a 5-Series plug-in concept car that allowed an emission-free driving range of about 47 miles, at a speed not more than 37 mph. It now looks like that concept is about to become reality, as our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the first time. Of course, we expect some improvements in the production version, but either way it sounds very promising.

What make us think this is indeed a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5-Series? Well, the answer is quite simple: there is an easy-to-spot small fuel door hiding the charging port, plus that the port has a red sticker over it that warns of "high voltage" and tells the driver not to open the charging port.

The problem is that when BMW unveiled the concept version, it announced it was an "e-car from China for China," so most likely this model will land only on Chinese shores, for now.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 BMW 5-Series Facelift

At the end of October, we brought you the first spy shots of the facelifted version of the BMW 5-Series sedan. That prototype was wearing camouflage over the good parts — the parts being updated —so it was kind of difficult to see what changes the 2014 5-Series will bear. Thanks to our crack rendering team, we have a our rendering of the 2014 5-Series. We hope it gives you a clearer look at what we all expect to see when Bimmer unveils it.

The most significant changes will be made up front, as it will feature new air intakes on the front bumper, a new headlight design and a grille that sits more upright. As you can see, we have also included headlights that go all the way to the grille — a feature first seen on the 3-Series and that we expected to make its way over to the 5-Series lineup.

Most of the changes will be limited to the exterior, but there will be one under-hood change. This change will be the elimination of the N55 engine in the 535i and the addition of a new turbocharged in-line six-cylinder.

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