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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Why it Matters
It’s hard to not notice that the Chinese are getting a lot of exclusive cars nowadays. But, while the 1 Series Sedan doesn’t make sense as a China-only nameplate, the 5 Series LWB is somewhat of a traditional car in the said market, where long-wheelbase vehicles are highly popular with premium buyers.
At the Auto Shanghai 2017 show, the BMW Group and BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. will be exhibiting what is now the third generation of their premium business sedan developed exclusively for China. With its appealing design language, the brand’s trademark driving dynamics, a matchless selection of comfort features, plus an array of innovations for enhanced controllability and connectivity, the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase comes with all the right credentials for cementing its predecessor’s status as the most successful premium model in the Chinese market. The latest incarnation of the BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase is even more closely in tune with the requirements of modern, status-conscious customers in China. It offers them a car with a graceful and prestigious appearance boasting uncompromised premium quality and trailblazing technology, in which they can experience unsurpassed driving dynamics while enjoying exceptional
levels of long-distance comfort and a wonderfully luxurious sense of wellbeing – especially in the rear compartment.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase has a progressive nature that emphasizes the brand’s leading role in the premium segment. It was developed alongside the new BMW 5 Series Sedan with standard wheelbase, during which time its specific qualities were carefully honed to meet the needs and expectations of target groups in China. Extending the wheelbase by 133 millimetres has resulted in lavish levels of spaciousness in the rear passenger compartment, while at the same time giving the exterior elegantly stretched proportions that blend in harmoniously with the business sedan’s sophisticated looks. Luxury Line and M Sport equipment variants are available as an alternative to standard trim.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase not only comes with more efficient engines than the outgoing model, its weight has also been reduced by up to 130 kilograms and its aerodynamic properties optimized. Like its predecessor, the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase is built at the Shenyang production facility in the northeast of China. The plant is part of a joint venture between the BMW Group and Brilliance Auto Group. Production at Shenyang is subject to the same stringent quality standards applied throughout the BMW Group’s global manufacturing network. Dynamic and elegant design with distinctive features.
The headlight units directly adjoining the large BMW kidney grille and the wide lower air intake are the defining elements of the new business sedan’s
striking appearance from the front. On the Luxury Line equipment variant, a chrome strip that runs the entire width of the air intake and also borders the front fog lamps lends the vehicle an individual touch while emphasizing its width. M Sport models can be easily recognised by their particularly large lower air intake that is split into three sections. The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase is fitted as standard with LED headlights, but customers also have the option of Adaptive LED Headlights including variable light distribution and BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high beam.
The model-specific proportions of the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase stem from the extended wheelbase and lengthened roof line. They give the car a gracefully stretched appearance when seen in profile and provide an indication of the tremendous levels of spaciousness on offer in the rear. An additional horizontal line originating in the tail end above the rear light clusters and extending forward into the C-pillar accentuates the vehicle’s length. The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase now also comes with Air Breathers behind the front wheel arches. The LED light units extending deep into the car’s flanks lend added impact to the rear end’s powerful styling. The bumper on Luxury Line models is notable for its extra-wide chrome bar, while the standout features on the M Sport variant are a dark insert and contoured surrounds for the reflectors. The tailpipes on either side of the rear end are either trapezoidal or rectangular in design, depending on the engine variant. Interior: supreme spaciousness and a luxurious ambience. Moving inside, the cutting-edge design of the new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase cockpit – with its clear focus on dynamic driving – combines with exceptional spaciousness for passengers in the rear. As well as the iDrive system and a further improved voice control system, the display and control concept also encompasses a touchscreen monitor and BMW gesture control, which enables selected functions to be activated by means of predefined hand movements.
Passengers seated in the rear can savour the luxurious ambience while enjoying the generous amounts of legroom, headroom and shoulder room. Their sense of wellbeing is further heightened by a seating position that is even more comfortable than in the predecessor model and optimized soundproofing. A new type of engine capsule teams up with sound-absorbing measures in the vicinity of the headliner and between the passenger and luggage compartments to greatly enhance acoustic comfort.
Besides active seat ventilation for both front and rear seats, there is also the option of comfort seats in the rear. These are sculpted to feel more like individual seats and include electrically adjustable backrest tilt for the outer
seats, specially designed head restraints and a centre 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 programme. What is more, the position of the front passenger seat can be adjusted from the rear too, allowing the passenger seated behind it to benefit from even greater legroom.
The automatic climate control system features an automatic air recirculation function, separate temperature control for the rear and model-specific activated carbon filtering for highly effective air purification in the passenger compartment – all as standard. The list of optional extras includes an Ambient Air package, which ionises the air and fragrances it with special scents to produce an even more pleasant atmosphere. The optional Ambient light
function illuminates the interior harmoniously in a choice of six colour variants. There is also the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof with integral LED light graphic, which is unique in this segment.
Ride comfort can be given a further boost by opting for the Adaptive Comfort suspension, comprising Dynamic Damper Control and rear air suspension. The electronically controlled dampers include a particularly comfort-focused setting that is activated as part of the COMFORT+ mode using the Driving Experience Control switch.
Driver assistance systems and digital services from BMW Connected.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase also now offers a far wider selection of driver assistance systems that bring the prospect of automated driving another step closer. The new features being made available for the first time include the Steering and lane control assistant including Traffic jam assistant, the Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, the evasion aid, the Crossroads warning system and the Crossing traffic warning
system. The new Parking Assistant now enables the vehicle to automatically manoeuvre into perpendicular spaces. And in conjunction with the Panorama View system, owners are also able to use the Remote 3D View function, allowing them to call up a live image of their vehicle and its surroundings on their smartphone.
Innovative digital services from BMW Connected put the finishing touch to the driving and travelling experience in the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase. The personal mobility assistant helps to make sure drivers enjoy an easy, stress-free journey to their destination by offering support in a variety of ways and not only while in the car. Various customer devices, such as a smartphone, tablet or smartwatch, can be connected with the vehicle via the
flexible Open Mobility Cloud platform. This makes it possible, for instance, for users to plan a journey while still at home on the basis of entries in their personal appointments calendar. By taking real-time traffic data into account,
BMW Connected computes both the optimum route and the ideal departure time, and sends a punctual notification to the driver’s device.