ⓘ BMW 5 Series (G30)
The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series consists of the BMW G30 and BMW G31 executive cars. The G30/G31 has been produced since 2016 and is often collectively referred to as the G30. It was officially announced on 12 October 2016 and sales began in February 2017.
The fastback 5 Series Gran Turismo model from the previous generation is no longer part of the 5 Series model range, and has been moved to the 6 Series Gran Turismo nameplate. A long-wheelbase sedan version model code G38 is sold in China.
1. Development and launch
The BMW Head of Design during the development of the G30 was Karim Habib.
The 5 Series saloon was unveiled on 12 October 2016 before making its public debut in January 2017 at the North American International Auto Show NAIAS in Detroit.
BMW created The Escape, a short action film featuring a 540i M Sport, to promote the G30 5 Series. The Escape was released online on 23 October 2016.
The 5 Series Touring was unveiled in February 2017 before making its public debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The 5 Series long-wheelbase model debuted in April 2017 at the Shanghai Motor Show. Its wheelbase is 133 millimetres 5.2 in longer than that of the normal 5 Series saloon and is exclusively sold in China.
2.1. Specifications Platform
The G30 5 Series utilises BMWs modular Cluster Architecture CLAR platform first introduced in the 7 Series G11. The 5 Series chassis is made from a mixture of different grades of steel and aluminium.
Much of the 5 Series body panels are constructed of aluminium, including the bonnet, boot lid, roof and doors.
2.2. Specifications Suspension and steering
The 5 Series uses double-wishbone front suspension and 5-link rear suspension while Touring models feature self-levelling rear air suspension. Active anti-roll bars named "Dynamic Drive" are optional equipment.
All versions of the 5 Series use rack and pinion steering with electric power assistance. "Integral Active Steering" is an option on some models; and combines electromechanical four-wheel steering and a variable-ratio steering rack.
2.3. Specifications Powertrain
The 5 Series is offered with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. It is also offered as a plug-in hybrid.
Up until 2018, 520d models were fitted as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the ZF 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission is optional. All other models, including the 520d xDrive, are exclusively available with the ZF automatic transmission.
BMWs xDrive all-wheel drive system is optional on some base models and is standard fitment on top-of-the-line models.
Compared with its F10 predecessor, the G30 includes an updated BMW iDrive system with a higher resolution 10.25-inch display, a new heads-up display that covers 70% more area as well as selective anti-dazzle high beam headlights with a range of up to 500 metres. The 5 Series is also available with gesture control, new multi-contour massage seats, and a Driving Assistant Plus package that features lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a collision warning system.
4.1. Special models 530e iPerformance
The 530e iPerformance is a plug-in hybrid variant of the 5 Series sedan. It uses a 135 kW 181 hp turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four engine, in conjunction with a 83 kW 111 hp electric motor, to return a combined output of 185 kW 248 hp and 420 N⋅m 310 lb⋅ft. The 530e has a claimed all-electric range of 50 km 31 mi under the New European Driving Cycle. The US EPA estimated all-electric range is 16 miles 26 km. The electric motor is powered by a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery beneath the rear seats.
The 530e iPerformance is offered in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel xDrive variants.
4.2. Special models B5 Bi-Turbo
The Alpina B5 was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in all-wheel drive only Saloon and Touring variants. The B5 features a 4.4-litre N63M30 V8 engine that generates a maximum power output of 447 kW 599 hp and 800 N⋅m 590 lb⋅ft of torque. Based on the N63B44O2 V8, it has uprated pistons, new twin-scroll Garrett turbochargers and new spark plugs by NGK. The B5 can accelerate from 0–100 km/h 0–62 mph 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h 205 mph, making it the fastest estate car currently in production.
4.3. Special models D5 S
The Alpina D5 S debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in all-wheel drive only sedan and Touring variants. The D5 S uses a modified 3.0-liter B57D30 diesel inline-six engine. The engine has three turbochargers and is rated at 285 kW 382 hp and 800 N⋅m 590 lb⋅ft of torque in left-hand drive markets, whereas it has two turbochargers and is rated at 240 kW 322 hp and 700 N⋅m 516 lb⋅ft of torque in right-hand drive markets. The left-hand drive D5 S saloon has a top speed of 286 km/h 178 mph and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.4 seconds. Alpina claims it is the fastest diesel-powered production car in the world. The right-hand drive, saloon-only version has a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 275 km/h 171 mph.
4.4. Special models M5
The M5, based on the 5 Series known internally as F90 was announced on 21 August 2017 alongside the Need for Speed Payback video game followed by a public reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017. The car utilises a 4.4-litre V8 engine rated at 441 kW 591 hp and 750 N⋅m 553 lb⋅ft of torque, and is the first M5 to feature an automatic gearbox as the sole transmission option, and an all-wheel drive system that can switch between rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive mode. The M5 was initially offered in a "First Edition" trim that adds a numbered plaque, 20-inch wheels, matte red paint and white leather upholstery. A competition package for the M5 was announced on 9 May 2018. Deliveries of the M5 Competition began in September 2018.
Production of the G30 occurs at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany. All 5 Series long-wheelbase production takes place at BMW Brilliances factory in the Dadong district of Shenyang, China.
In addition, from March 2017, contract manufacturer Magna Steyr began building 5 Series saloons at its factory in Graz, Austria.
Complete knock down CKD production of the 5 Series takes place in the following locations:
- Kulim, Malaysia
- 6 October City, Egypt
- Chennai, India
- Kaliningrad, Russia
- Rayong, Thailand BMW Manufacturing Thailand)
- Jakarta, Indonesia
The 2017 5 Series received five stars overall in its Euro NCAP test.
The G30 5 Series is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS "Top Safety Pick+" for 2017. The Top Safety Pick+ designation is awarded to cars with good IIHS ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests; acceptable or good headlights; and for having an option for a front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating.
- 2017 What Car? s Car of the Year and Best Luxury Car.
- 2017 AutoExpress Executive Car of the Year
- 2017 iF product design Automobiles/Product Gold Award
- 2017 EyesOnDesign Award for Best Designed User Experience
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