Hybrid Power for the new 2018 BMW 5 Series

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BMW first launched the 5 Series back in 1972 – some 45 years ago. On January 29 2008, the 5 millionth BMW 5 Series rolled off the production line – that’s mass production for you.

For 2018, BMW have improved the engineering, technology and powertrain options for the line-up, although visually, it’s still very similar to the predecessor. Does this mean that BMW just feel that they couldn’t improve on the styling of the 2017 Model Year?

BMW are introducing a 5 Series hybrid for 2018

Contents

1. Introducing a hybrid
2. Similar styling
3. Lighter, Stiffer and more tech
4. Pricing

Looking at the powertrain choices first, we can see that the 2018 BMW 5 Series will have a range of different engines; starting at the lower end, we have the 530i – the four-cylinder, next up is the six-cylinder 540i and for 2018, BMW have introduced the 530e iPerformance and the M550i.

The 530e iPerformance is perhaps the most interesting of all these – it will use the 2.0 liter inline four-cylinder, but it has been integrated with a single electric motor to make it a plug-in hybrid.

Power levels for the 530e are 248 horsepower and a whopping 310 pound’s feet of torque. It is possible to drive it on electric power only, but to be honest, the 14-mile range limit is poor; much better to use it in conjunction with the gas motor. The motor is coupled up to an 8-speed automatic transmission and you have the choice of rear or all-wheel drive. It’s worth noting that for 2018, there will be no manual transmissions available in the 5 Series.

Top of the line is a 4.4 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with 456 horsepower and 480 lb/ft of torque which is the new M550i. This model is only available with all-wheel drive and also uses an 8-speed automatic transmission.

BMW say it has a 0 – 60 sprint time of 3.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 MPH.

Similar styling to the BMW 5 Series for 2018

It doesn’t look as though BMW have spent much time or money on developing the exterior – it’s remarkably similar to the outgoing 5 Series, and you can see styling cues from the 7 Series in it also – it’s almost a marriage of the two.

But that’s no bad thing to be honest – it still looks modern and fresh, without being overtly aggressive or brash.

All the regular BMW styling is present, from the kidney shaped grille through to the rear lighting structure.
Sure, look closely and you’ll see some finer detailing changes, but you aren’t going to mistake the 2018 BMW 5 Series for anything other than a 5 Series.

Lighter, Stiffer and more Tech

Mechanically, BMW have changed the 5 Series a lot – it’s lighter by around 137 pounds, uses updated suspension, including electric motors to control the anti-roll, and stiffer.

Much of the changes have been brought about by increased use of high-strength steel throughout the construction. Certainly the weight-loss is down to that, and as a by-product, so is the suspension.

But BMW have also updated the technology fitted.

All 5 Series Beemers will get an updated iDrive interface with touchscreen, and we’ll also see options for self-driving tech like the Park Assistant – you don’t even need to be in the car and the new 5 Series will park itself. We’ll also see the regular tech that we’d expect to find in the 5 – adaptive cruise-control, Heads Up Display, surround view camera system, pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking (there’s also a feature that can handle high-speed emergency manoeuvres up to 100 MPH), pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane guidance with lane-keep assist, parking sensors … the list goes on.

We aren’t sure as to what will come as standard with the safety technology, we know that a rear-view camera and updated iDrive will be fitted in all vehicles, but specifications and trim levels could change pretty much everything.

2018 BMW 5 Series Pricing

As regards the pricing, BMW have that fixed at $52,195 for the base model, rising all the way to $73,095 for the M550i, it’s worth noting that we are still waiting on news for the 2018 BMW M5 (not the M550i) – we’d expect this to be significantly more expensive – the current 2017 M5 has a sticker price of $92,095, so it will have to be in that region – maybe $1,000 or so price differential.

The great news is that the new 2018 BMW 5 Series is already in the showroom – so go and order yours right now.

What do you think to the new 2018 BMW 5 Series? Should BMW have done more to the exterior? Or is it right just the way it is? Why not tell us your thoughts in the comments – we value your opinion!

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Summary

The new 5-series sets higher standards to the premium mid-size sedans. It features new fuel-efficient powertrains, including new hybrid-powered version.

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