BMW has unveiled its all-new 5-Series sedan, which borrows exterior styling cues from the 7 Series, and interior cues from the Z4.
The last time the 5 Series was all-new was in 1997.
The redesigned 5 Series weighs less than its predecessor due to use of aluminum in the body and chassis. Like its predecessor, it also has an all-aluminum suspension.
BMW said Tuesday it will offer a 525i with a 2.5-liter inline six engine, a 530i with a 3.0-liter inline six engine and a 545i with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine, borrowed from the 7 Series. The 525i and 530i will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and also will be offered with an optional six-speed automatic transmission. An automatic transmission will come standard with the 545i.
The new 5 Series sedans will be in dealerships in October. Pricing has not been determined.
The new 5 Series has more leg room in the back seat and a larger trunk.
Options on some models will include active front steering, which changes the steering ratio depending on vehicle speed. For example, a car moving slowly in a parking lot would respond quicker to a slight steering wheel movement than a car moving at highway speeds. This eliminates the need for hand-over-hand turns.
Run-flat tires will be a no-cost option.
Other options on some models include: active roll stabilization, which eliminates body roll in turns; a heads-up display, which can show driver speed and other information on the windshield; active cruise control, which makes it easy to maintain a safe and comfortable distance from the car in front; and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, which follow the vehicle in a curve.
The automaker has not yet determined which features will be standard on the various trim models.
The 5 Series also has the idrive system, which places all key driving functions directly in front of the driver either on the stalk or on the steering wheel.