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2017 BMW 5 Series - First Look

Silhouette shot of BMW 5

Now in its seventh generation, the BMW 5 Series gains a set of more powerful engines, a lighter body, and a brand-new exterior design for the 2017 model year.

Equally important, new gesture control technology and semi-autonomous driving features bring it closer to its older brother, the 7 Series.

Side shot of driving BMW 5 series

The headlights now connect to the grille, and the lower air vents appear a bit bolder than before. Overall dimensions have changed slightly; the new 5 Series is 1.2 inches longer, 0.3 inch wider, and 0.6 inch taller than the outgoing model.

Side shot of parked BMW 5 series

That model has been replaced by the 530i, which features a new 2.0-liter inline-four engine making 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That’s up 8 hp and down 2 lb-ft from the last model. Top speed ranges from 130 and 155 mph, depending on whether or not you opt for the M Sport package, 19-inch M wheels, and mixed performance run-flat tires. Hitting 60 mph takes 6.0 seconds, or 5.8 seconds with all-wheel drive.

Other features on the 2017 BMW 5 Series include massaging seats, ambient lighting, a new adaptive driving mode, a new Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system with diamond tweeters, and a rear seat DVD entertainment system.

Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system

An M Sport package is also available, featuring aerodynamic improvements, a lowered M Sport suspension, new M Sport leather steering wheel, and more.

BMW 5 series interior

And to ensure you’re traveling in the utmost of hushed environments, BMW has also added sound absorption to the roof lining and all the windows are fitted with acoustic glass making the cabin whisper quiet.

Expect to see a Touring estate model to follow soon after the four-door saloon, and a performance M5 to emerge in the not too distant future.