German manufacturer BMW have taken the wraps of its seventh generation 5 Series.
The mid-size saloon has been around since 1972, and this latest model brings new technologies and innovations to the range, which is world-renowned for high quality and comfort.
More than 7.6 million 5 Series cars have been sold during the first six generations and BMW AG Chairman Harald Krüger wants this latest version to make the 5 Series one of the most forward-looking vehicles on the road.
Krüger said: "The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series points the way into the future, as we have defined it with our Number One > Next strategy. We see technological leadership, emotionally rich products and digitalisation as essential factors in achieving success.
"I'm in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically, but also have huge emotional appeal. It remains the epitome of the business sedan."
With the use of BMW EfficientLightweight building methods, the new 5 Series is 100kg lighter than the previous version and with the latest in TwinPower Turbo engines, BMW claim this new generation is more efficient than the last model.
The first wave of new 5 Series models will be released in February. As far as diesels are concerned, there'll be the 520d. On top of this, consumers will be able to choose from a new four-cylinder petrol in the form of the 530i, as well as a 3.0-litre six-cylinder 540i. All powertrains are available with four-wheel drive xDrive technology, too.
In March 2017, a plug-in hybrid model – which has estimated economy figures of 141.2mpg – and the latest version of the M5 – which will be fitted with a 4.4-litre V8 that produces 462hp – will be brought to showrooms.
Written by Jack Healy