Singapore - BMW Group Asia and Performance Motors Limited (PML) today jointly launched the all-new BMW 5 Series, setting new standards in the automotive world with its elegant appearance and state-of-the-art technology at the ultra-exclusive MES Theatre along Stars Avenue. The event was also graced by Mr. Lewis Pugh, a United Nations Patron of the Oceans who gave an insightful account into marine conservation before the launch kicked off. The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series exceeds customer expectations to be the ultimate business automobile for today’s Business Athletes.
Mr. Axel Pannes, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia said, “A Business Athlete is someone who has a strong character, relentless determination and a dynamic outlook on life. The all-new BMW 5 Series embodies all these values with its sporty design, unbeatable line-up of assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and sustainable mobility. In the past nine years, we have sold more than 10,000 BMW 5 Series in Singapore. We believe this success will continue as the all-new BMW 5 Series is the business car our customers in Singapore have been waiting for.”
Mr. Horst Herdtle, Managing Director of Performance Motors Limited said, “We are delighted to offer the all-new BMW 5 Series which sports unrivalled performance and cutting edge technologies like the large full-colour Head Up Display and the latest-generation iDrive system with touch, voice and gesture controls. Combining these with its sporty look and interior designed with enhanced quality and precision, the all-new BMW 5 Series resonates with the boldness of top business executives. We are confident the all-new BMW 5 Series will be one of the best-selling luxury sedans in Singapore.”
The all-new BMW 530i and BMW 540i: the new petrol engines
All the engines in the all-new 5 Series line-up belong to the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics family of power units. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology imbues all the members of the family with outstanding performance combined with exceptional efficiency. Two petrol variants will be available from launch, working in tandem with rear-wheel drive.
The new two-litre four-cylinder in-line engine in the all-new BMW 530i develops peak torque of 350Nm and maximum output of 252hp. Its fuel consumption in the combined cycle comes in at 6.2l/100km, which means CO2 emissions of 141g/km. The all-new BMW 530i accelerates from 0 - 100km/h in 6.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h.
The flagship engine at launch will be the 340hp unit under the bonnet of the all-new BMW 540i. This three-litre straight-six produces torque of 450Nm. Despite its extra output and sharper dynamic edge, average fuel consumption stands at only 7.2l/100km and CO2 emissions are kept to just 164g/km. The BMW 540i powers from 0 – 100km/h in a mere 5.1 seconds.
Superior driving pleasure and unsurpassed aerodynamics
Rigorous application of the BMW EfficientLightweight lightweight design concept, with increased use of aluminium and high-strength steels, reduces the weight of the all-new BMW 5 Series by up to 100 kilograms from that of its predecessor. The newly designed chassis, a low centre of gravity, BMW’s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned. Various chassis options such as Integral Active Steering, add further talents to a dynamics-focused overall package designed to ensure the all-new BMW 5 Series once again stands at the top of its class. The drag coefficient of the all-new, 4,935 millimetre-long BMW 5 Series (Cd = 0.22 at its most efficient) sets the benchmark in its class.
The next step to automated driving (Optional)
A wealth of assistance systems are on hand in the all-new BMW 5 Series to offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic and monotonous stretches of motorway. Available as an option is the stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. New features in the all-new BMW 5 Series alongside the evasion aid and Crossing traffic warning are the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs.
The all-new BMW 5 Series also takes another step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and lane control assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions, which drivers can select as part of the Speed Limit Assist option. Drivers can confirm adoption of a speed restriction and make an adjustment of +/– 15 km/h in the system settings. From rest to 210 km/h, the car assists the driver with distance-keeping, accelerating, braking and lane control. This increases comfort significantly – in particular at low speeds and in slow-moving traffic on clogged up motorway sections. The intelligent Auto Start Stop function now adjusts its responses to the route and traffic conditions and therefore offers even greater driving comfort.