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BMW reveals all-new 5 Series


BMW has revealed details of its all-new 5 Series executive car, to go on sale from February 2017.

The car is built on a new platform, and the new vehicle has many of the technological highlights of its sister car, in addition to a high level of standard fit.

BMW UK product manager Alex Morgan told Fleet News at a preview event last month the brand has chosen to include Professional Nav as standard on all models in this country, as well as the digital dashboard.

The UK is the second largest market for the 5 Series after Germany, so Morgan said that UK views have been considered highly throughout the vehicle's development.

X-Drive is available across the range for the first time, which has seen trim levels simplified to SE and M-Sport. The number of configuration combinations has been drastically reduced - from 60 including gearboxes, to 12 - which the brand says should reduce confusion and keep residual values strong.

An automatic transmission is now standard.

Technical highlights include an expanded Connected Drive system, with streaming service integration, and wire-free Apple CarPlay. The multimedia system can link to Outlook calendars, and schedule journey times in sync with meeting start dates. A head-up display is available to specify, as is the 'display key' first seen on the 7-Series.

Autonomous assistance improves on the 7 Series, with intelligent speed assist that can steer the vehicle for a longer period of time. New features include crossing traffic assist. Much of this technology is standard fit.

CO2 emissions for the 520d start from 107g/km, while a lower-emission EfficientDynamics model is set to follow from March. 

Launching soon after that is a plug-in hybrid model, the 530e, with sub 50g/km emissions, and will be roughly similar in price to the 530d.

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