BMW is set to launch the new lightweight 5 Series at the end of the year – and it will feature semi-autonomous driving technologies.
The motoring press has seen sneak spy shots of the saloon – with an estate version to follow – on German roads and race tracks.
And it is thought to be considerably lighter than the current BMW 5 Series to improve fuel economy, performance and handling.
The 5 Series will take on rivals such as the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, revamped Jaguar XF, while an Audi A6 is also expected to be on its way soon after.
Motoring sources say the forthcoming BMW 5 Series will feature a selection of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A hybrid power model is expected to feature in the line-up too at a later stage. A 1.5litre three-cylinder engine is also a possibility.
The BMW 5 Series will have a more ‘muscular’ appearance according to reports and a narrower version of the signature grille, with bigger bumpers.
BMW is expected to give the interior a makeover in order to make it more luxurious than the E-Class and XF. This includes a ‘new steering wheel, refreshed instrument binnacle and a new iDrive screen on top of the dash’.
A lot of the technology is thought to be taken from the BMW 7 Series such as integrated iDrive infotainment system and gesture control for answering phone calls and adjusting the stereo settings. The new 5 Series will also offer remote-parking technology and self-driving tech including what BMW calls ‘Steering and Lane Control Assistant’.
This allows the car to essentially drive itself within a motorway lane. It uses sensors, cameras and radars all around the car to sense where it is and what is around the car.
The 5 Series may also be available with the ‘Crossroads Warning’ system which will warn the driver if a potential collision is imminent. It can also pre-condition the brakes for an emergency stop. In line with its rivals, the BMW 5 Series is expected to be priced from £35,000. We look forward to seeing it.
Posted : 2016-09-23
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