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 Seriesby Robert Moore, on
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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Why it Matters
It really doesn’t surprise me to see the Bimmer is finally bringing some semi-autonomous tech into the 5 Series. Many other models out there offer similar semi-autonomous options, and Bimmer needs to stay ahead of the game if it wants to maintain its hold on the market with the 5 Series. For the record, Infiniti Q50 has similar features like active cruise control, active lane control, and lane departure warnings. Some versions of the Mercedes S-Class also get a driver’s assistance package that includes things like hands-off steering, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping. Of course, some of these features have been available on the 7 Series for a while now, so it’s about time that it trickles down to the lower-end models. There’s no telling what these new packages for the 5 Series will cost, but in the 2016 7 Series, the Driving Assistant Plus Package retails for $3,600.
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Source: Bimmer Post