The latest generation BMW 5 Series has been showcased at the 2017 Bangkok Motor Show. It was launched for the Thai market at the end of February and is available with petrol and diesel engine options. This is the same car which will come to India later this year and replace the current model.
Externally, this new 5 Series (dubbed generation G30) takes much of its design cues from the 7 Series. Noticeable elements include the kidney grille, LED headlamps and tail lamps and of course that long, sporty silhouette which define the model. The cabin is an evolution from the current car and gets the same layout, but now with bigger screens and gesture control.
On the engine and gearbox front, the Thai market gets the car in the 520d and 530i guises. The former gets a 2.0-litre diesel while the 530i is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol producing 252bhp/350Nm. This version is only offered with the M Sport package for the Thai market.
We in India will get this 5 Series across three models- the 520i, 520d and the 530d. We believe that each of these will be offered with a variety of customisation options from BMW’s multiple design packages. This list is also expected to include the performance-oriented M Sport design option.
When launched in India, this new 5 Series will go up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XF, Audi A6 and the Volvo S90. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 54 lakh to Rs 62 lakh pitting it at the heart of the competition.