BMW compares new 7th-generation 5 Series (G30) with current-gen [w/video]

Article by Christian A., on January 31, 2017

Just days before BMW commences sales of the next generation of the BMW 5 Series (G30 generation), the German premium carmaker is putting more efforts to market its latest offering. In particular, BMW uploaded a short video clip in social media Web site YouTube detailing some of the differences between the new seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series and the current sixth generation (F10).

The clip – lasting around three minutes – gives us in--depth details of how the seventh-generation BMW isn’t just a face-lifted version of the sixth generation. After all, the most desirable changes are on the core of the new 5 Series. However, BMW is good enough to point out the distinction between the two generations of the 5 Series.

BMW started on discussing the exterior changes on the front. The carmaker is quick to point out that the new 5 Series still features BMW’s signature kidney grille, which is now wider and is visually linked to the housings of the twin circular headlights. These lamp units come in LED Adaptive units as standard, although optional Adaptive Full LED Headlights with light graphic altering capability are also available. When this option is specified, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights become hexagonal in form. The grille could now be opened or closed for better aerodynamics. Absent is the V-shaped crease on the bonnet.

When viewed from the side, the 5 new Series reveals a set-back passenger cell and a flowing roofline. The seventh-generation BMW 5 Series Sedan features two traditional BMW design elements that usually do not come together -- the swage line and the Hofmeister kink. This swage line flows up rearwards and meets up with Hofmeister kink -- a small inward kink at the base of the C pillar -- to create an upwards motion.

On the rear, the wider rear lights – featuring different graphics -- now reaches into sides of the 5 Series, thereby creating a visual link to the flanks. The rear ended is marked by LED bars that allow for a slim interpretation of the signature BMW “L” shape. Instead of the twin tailpipe system, the new 5 Series now features symmetrically arranged exhaust tailpipes.

Inside, the BMW 5 Series is made more luxuriously comfortable, especially for the rear passengers. BMW had already disclosed that the new-gen 5 Series boasts of larger knee room and 1.2-inch larger legroom than its predecessor. The spaciousness of the cabin is made more prominent by the freestanding display and the lowered instrument panel and freestanding center display.

The new-gen BMW 5 Series is equipped with the latest iDrive -- iDrive 6.0. Now, navigation, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be controlled not just through the iDrive Controller, but also through gestures, voice commands or by simply touching the display. Customers may also equip their latest 5 Series with ambient lighting -- courtesy of a colored LED light that illuminates around the instrument panel and the doors. This ambiance lighting features 11 different lighting effects with six different light colors.

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