THE 5-SERIES HAS been a strong seller for BMW globally and this new seventh-generation promises to take things to the next level. Its exterior and interior design are mom evolutionary than revolutionary, with several little changes that you might not notice at first glance. The biggest changes are under the skin, with a higher percentage of aluminum and high-strength steel used to make it lighter by up to 100kg. The interiors of the new car are plush, and space inside the cabin has increased too, especially at the rear, with mom legroom and a wider, comfier seat. It features loads of cutting-edge equipment as well, including an updated version of the hand-gesture infotainment control that made its debut in the 7-series.
In India, BMW is likely to bring in the 520d and 530d variants with a 190hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 265hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel, respectively, and the 530i with a 252hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. All these will be mated to an eight-speed auto transmission This car is every bit ready to take on the next-gen E-class, the $90 and the XF when it arrives in mid- 2017.