For those who hope to get a picture of their personal version of the G30 5-Series, BMW has revealed that its online configurator for this model has officially gone live. Some caveat though, as it may take some getting used to as this application is available on the German website.
Even with that particular hurdle you still decide to proceed, then you get the chance to experience the brand’s rather comprehensive online configurator. The whole process starts with the choice of engines. Note that once officially launched, the 5-Series will be offering 4 types of engines, all turbocharged. Two will be diesel-powered which are a 2.0-liter version and the larger one which is the 3.0-liter.
The other two are petrol-powered with the first being a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter unit capable of output at 248 hp with the other one is an inline-six engine that can deliver 335 hp of power. However, the brand has disclosed that it will later be releasing two units, the first being the plug-in hybrid 530e. It is the second engine though that is likely to impress people as it will be the M550i xDrive with the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 455 hp, enough to even outsprint the M5.
Going back to the online configurator, once the choice for engine is done, the next step is to select the trim line. It is here that customers can personalize the exterior and start it off with a paint finish like Mediterranean Blue for example. Other features will then follow which will be rounded off with the selections for the 22-inch wheels.
After the exterior, customers are then sent to the interior where they can choose from a variety of leather which can be viewed through a 360-degree simulation. Available to see as well are the different accents like the piano black finish, to name one. Different wood grain panels are offered as choices as well.
When it was first unveiled, the 2017 5-Series was a bit deceptive as it had the appearance of the standard BMW model which generally was an evolution of the prior model. The reality was that this model had much more to offer. This version is the 7th generation and continues to follow the present design language of the brand and thus bringing to mind a look that can be described as a scaled-down version of the 7-Series. It is however what is underneath that is truly impressive as it makes use of the Cluster Architecture platform which utilizes advanced and lightweight materials resulting in a weight reduction.
Though BMW has yet to officially release the price, it revealed that sales of the 2017 5-Series are slated to start in February 2017. Compared to the previous version, the new model is a tad more expensive but with more features, is likely worth it.