The redesigned 2017 BMW 5-series sedan will go on sale in February and feature a host of technical and communications systems borrowed from the flagship 7-series sedan.
They include semiautonomous driving and safety features, gesture controls for the telephone and infotainment system, and the ability to park the car with the driver standing outside the vehicle.
The 5 series will compete against rival Mercedes-Benz with its technology-loaded E-class sedan. Mercedes has made similar claims about its car, which went on sale this year. The two brands are in a race to establish supremacy with autonomous and electric-car technology and want the bragging rights as advances are made over the next few years.
The new 5 series will be slightly larger than the current car -- 1.2 inches longer, 0.3 inches wider and 0.6 inches taller -- but will weigh 137 pounds less because of wider use of lightweight materials.
Powerplants include a new generation of BMW's twin-turbo, four- and six-cylinder engines that are expected to deliver improved fuel economy.
BMW will offer active steering on the rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive models.
Several innovative features trickling down from the 7 series include a new generation head-up display, voice control and remote self-parking.
New features include active cruise control that uses radar to adapt to traffic with stop and go as standard equipment, active lane-keeping and traffic-jam assist that work semiautonomously and operate at speeds up to 130 mph, and collision side avoidance that works at speeds between 40 and 130 mph.