For over a century, Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works has been proving to the world that car manufacturing is one of the purest forms of art, pushing not only creativity and ingenuity but also human daring. While not everyone may know what its acronym stands for, everyone understands what BMW represents in the auto industry: the harmony of man and machine. And nothing better exemplifies this than the seventh generation BMW 5 Series.
A perfect blend of sportiness and luxury behind the wheel.
To understand the success of this car, one must understand its history. The very first car that bared the 5 Series logo was the E12, which was introduced to the world in 1972. The first of BMW’s midsize luxury sedans, the E12 was commended for its acceleration, interior design, and build quality, and showed the world where the future of the auto industry was heading. Over 40 years later, the future is finally here.
The BMW TwinPower turbo engine.
The all-new BMW 5 Series is touted as the “ultimate sports-business machine.” While many cars have one or two features that make them stand out, BMW has created a car with a host of strengths. Every aspect and detail of the new 5 Series (also known as the G30) is designed to meet both driver needs and passenger comfort with a blend of luxury, high technology, and refined sportiness. From inside the cabin, this can be seen in features such as the Ambient Air Package, which allows the driver to choose from among eight fragrances to freshen up the car, and the Interior Lighting Package which allows you to choose from 11 interior light combinations depending on his mood. While these new interior perks bring life to the car when in motion, BMW has also perfected the 5 Series when it’s still with Remote Control Parking. This new feature activates the car's rear and side sensors that then can guide the vehicle into any parking space with ease.
The seventh generation 5 Series' luxe leather interiors; controls for the 8-speed gearbox.
Alighting from the car, you’ll find the exterior of the 5 Series is as impressive as its plush interiors. Ignoring the Active Air Stream Kidney Grille and the merged Adaptive LED Headlights is an almost impossible feat. These two features meld perfectly together, creating the impressive face of the 5 Series. As imposing as it may seem, the front panel has been efficiently constructed with light but strong materials; this weight-saving construction is also used throughout the vehicle, where everything from the doors to the suspension is crafted to be lighter than previous 5 Series models. This made the current 5 Series up to 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor and dramatically improved the automobile’s steering. But that’s not all. Powering this BMW is a TwinPower Turbo engine coupled to a high-tech 8-speed automatic transmission. Its steptronic function provides seamless shifting between gears, ensuring smooth power delivery no matter your speed.
Every aspect and detail of the new 5 Series (also known as the G30) was designed to meet both driver needs and passenger comfort with a blend of luxury, high technology, and refined sportiness.
In the Philippines, car enthusiasts can celebrate three BMW 5 Series variants. The BMW 520d comes in two variants: Luxury trim and the M Sport package. Both are powered by a 2-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine producing 190 horsepower and 400 Newton-meters of torque. The BMW 530d is offered with the Luxury trim package, befitting its status as the top-of-the-line model locally. (In other markets, the M550i wears that crown.) The 530d is powered by a 3-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that produces 265 horsepower and torque of 620 Newton-meters.
Through these models, the old Latin phrase, omne trium perfectum, proves true: good things really do come in threes. Exclusively distributed by Asian Carmakers Corporation; 403.6461; [email protected]; bmw.com.ph.
This story was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Town&Country.