BMW India unveiled the new 6th generation BMW 5 Series sedan, calling it the epitome of design and innovation which is locally produced at its plant in Chennai. The 5 series has been a huge contributor to profits to BMW globally for the last many years and hence is a very important line for BMW globally including in India. So much so that it accounts for 1/3rd of their production capacity at their India plant in Chennai, BMW has retained almost all of the ingredients and made sure that there is no taking away from the winning combination of design and technology of the previous 5th generation 5 series.
While offering a very impressive list of standard features across all the 4 variants, like Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Active Protection with attention assist, ECO Pro driving Mode to aid efficient fuel consumption, Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, Rear parking assist cameras, Electrical Glassroof, Bluetooth and USB connectivity etc. the BMW 5 series aims to leave most of their customers satisfied with this standard feature set. Some new additions to the standard feature set include Adaptive LED Headlights, Changes in Bumper elements, New L shaped Tail lights and tyres with reduced rolling resistance.
To increase customer offering, the 5 series is available in the Luxury line (which includes luxury and luxury +), Modern line and the M Sports line. Each of these lines intends to offer differentiation between each other and suit the specific customer type. By altering and providing different finish options of grills, car keys, seats etc. The modern line has seats with exclusive stitching but the most exciting of them all is the Sport Line which has the exclusive and beautiful looking leather steering wheel and sport seats for both driver and co-driver, truly exemplifying the attention to detail BMW has given to bring the most sporty driving experience to their customers. The Sport line also offers rear entertainment for passengers with dedicated 23.3 cms display for the rear passengers with a dedicated DVD player and headphone sockets to enjoy a truly personal and personalized entertainment experience without disturbing the driver. The sport line also has 2 different (mixed) tyre sizes in the front and rear, again demonstrating how they would like to offer a truly sporty experience to their customers. The head up display ensures that the driver is able to view the critical measures projected on the windscreen itself thus enabling the driver to maintain his field of vision for a safer drive.
The BMW 5 series comes in 3 different engine configurations and is offered only in diesel. The Modern and Luxury lines adopt the 530d engine, while the Luxury+ and M Sport use the 525d and 530d respectively. The M Sport exclusively gets the 3.0 liter engine capable of top speeds of 250km/h and sprinting from 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds. The 520d and the 525d are a 2.0 liter capacity engine but the 525d is tuned for higher performance than the 520d and delivers 218 bhp’s, capable of sprinting from 0-100 in 6.9 seconds.
The interiors of the car have been adapted to changing customer preferences and the trims are based on the different lines on offer. The cockpit is angled towards the driver and makes it easy to reach out to the controls. BMW has paid extra emphasis on reducing or cutting off the exterior noise once the doors are closed. However, on first impressions, the space provided to the passengers (including the driver) did not exactly separate it from the other competitors in its class. BMW attributes the tight space to a much better seating posture and thigh support which other competitors do not offer. However, this can be further commented upon only when we get to spend a few days with the car. When the car comes on, the all-digital multifunction instrument display is very impressive and the steering controls available leaves one with a feeling that a bit of training would do no harm before taking on the wheels on a busy city road.
The ex-showroom prices are as follows:
- Modern (520d): INR 46.9 Lakhs
- Luxury (520d): INR 46.9 Lakhs
- Luxury+ (525d): INR 51.9 Lakhs
- M Sport (530d): INR 57.9 Lakhs
Overall, while the standard and new features impressed and BMW has lead the way in the implementation of extra safety mechanisms like the Run flat tyre technology across all its variants and models, the only constraint we felt in the new BMW 5 series was the available space, which to many may not be a huge hindrance considering that they would prefer to drive the car themselves and the driving experience may compensate a great deal for the lack of space but BMW could have done better keeping the average Indian family size in mind and offering better ‘room’ in the car.
With an impressive list of standard features across all lines along with carefully thought of differentiated offerings for each of their lines and keeping in mind the past success of the BMW 5 series, it should offer a desirable and enjoyable drive. We wait for the opportunity to fill you up with more after we get behind the wheels and spend a few good days with this piece of luxury.
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