by Iñigo Roces
Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), distributor of BMW in the Philippines, unveiled what it describes as the business athlete: the all-new BMW 5 Series at the BGC Arts Center in Taguig. Boasting of luxurious touches, yet with the performance and dynamism of sportier vehicles. The all-new 5 Series hopes to meets the high expectations for a vehicle of its class: athleticism, driving pleasure,and state-of-the-art technology.
The seventh generation makes an arrival with an imposing facade. It’s made up of Adaptive LED Headlights on either side the new Active Air Stream Kidney Grille. Towards the side, a sporty fin sits just after the front fender, while the Hofmeister Kink punctuates the rear of the cabin.Behind, the rear is made more menacing with tailpipes moved to the outer corners.
Entering the car is an artform, thanks to the new Display Key, which not only unlocks the vehicle,it can also provide information on the fuel level or turn-on the air-conditioning before the driver enters the car.
This seventh generation boasts of increased dimensions which are more palpable inside. Leather Dakota upholstery comes as standard, while the range-topping 530d Luxury includes Leather Nappa. The trims of the door panels are either in wood or aluminum while the surface of the dashboards of select variants are covered in Sensatec material.The rear passenger space has also been greatly improved, with a narrower transmission tunnel to improve legroom and a wider middle seat to comfortably fit three adults.
BMW’s designers have gone to great lengths to improve the sight, smell, and feel of the cabin. Sight is amazed by the 5 Series’ lighting package of eleven different designs that includes numerous LED lights gives the interior an elegant ambience. Smell is addressed by the Ambient Air Package with eight fragranceswith hints of fresh water, plant notes, warm and rich fragrances tones, or natural fragrances.
As for the driver’s seat, a 12.3-inch full digital instrument display sits ahead of him. It offers different color themes and designs and can highlight information relevant to the drive mode; be it Sport, Comfort, or Eco Pro.
Entertainment is provided by the latest version of the BMW iDrive system, Interface Design (ID) 6. Information is displayed on the center-mounted 10.25-inch LED touch display equipped with the Navigation Professional System. Timely for the new Anti-Distracted Driving law, the system also allows the driver to adjust the volume, accept and reject phone call, or other actions via simple gestures.
CHOICE OF PERFORMANCE
In spite of all that has been added, the all-new 5 Series is still 100kg lighter than its predecessor, made possible by installing aluminium panels and high strength steel where they matter. Power has also increased with the aid of the TwinPower Turbo engine with an even lower fuel consumption than the previous generation. The engine is mated to a highly-advanced eight-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic function.
Three models of the all-new BMW 5 Series will be available in the Philippine market. First is the 520d, offered in Luxury trim and M Sport Package, powered by a two-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine producing a 190 hp and 400 Nm. The second is the top-of-the-line BMW 530d in Luxury trim, with a three-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that produces 265 hp and 620 Nm. This variant comes with the top-grade Leather Nappa upholstery for the interior, 20-inch BMW Individual wheels, soft-close function for the doors, and the BMW Remote Control Parking with which the driver can park the car while he is outside the vehicle by just using the display key.
“With the expansion of our model portfolio in the premium business segment, we are confident that the all-new BMW 5 Series will further extend its emotional appeal by embodying all the values of the business athlete – strong character, relentless determination and a dynamic outlook on life,” said ACC President Maricar Parco.
The BMW 5 Series is available in the following prices: 520d Luxury, P4,590,000; 520d M Sport, P4,990,000; and 530d Luxury, P6,390,000.