BMW begins production of new 5 Series in India

BMW’s mid size luxury sedan, the 5 Series is all set to get updated. The company has already showcased the car to prospective customers and now, production of the all-new 5 Series has begun at the company’s plant outside Chennai.

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The all-new 5 Series looks a lot more like the 7 Series now. It gets LED headlamps which extend all the way into the grille, like that on the 7 Series. It looks a lot more stylish than the outgoing version, which has been on sale since 2011. We were lucky enough to get a preview of the vehicle sometime earlier and the vehicle looks really premium in the flesh, not to mention the fit and finish on the inside.

The new 5 Series will get the same iDrive that is on offer on the new 7 Series, which means that it too gets gesture control and the touch screen function, which makes it much easier to use. You can also program your favourite applications on the all-new iDrive system to show on the home screen, something which was not on offer before. You now also get the digital key, which allows you to auto park the vehicle, something that most owners will find really cool. This however will be available on the top of the line variant only. The top spec 530d MSport will also get a new larger heads up display which will showcase more information.

There will be 3 engine options on offer, 2 diesels and 1 petrol. The base diesel is the 520d which is the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder unit while the top spec diesel is the 530d which is the inline 6 cylinder unit. It is not yet known if BMW will continue with the existing state of tune or will bring in a more powerful unit. As for the petrol, the 520i will be replaced by a new 530i, and sadly, this is not a 6 cylinder unit. This is a 4 cylinder unit that is now on offer on the 3 Series and the 3 GT.

The company will launch the all-new 5 Series on the 29th of June which is when we will know the prices of the vehicle. Given that BMW has priced the new 3 Series petrol very aggressively, we expect the same to happen with the new 5 Series.