BMW releases new 5-series… no, really! [w/ poll]

Late last week BWM finally pulled the wraps off the long-awaited 5-series replacement, causing a lot of head-scratching among its fans and the general public. The unaffiliated were left wondering why BMW had re-revealed the 7-series, especially when looking at the front lights and the detailing on the side of the car, while BMW aficionados were left staring at the shape of the C-pillar and wondering “is this just a very elaborate facelift?”.

In fact, the new 5-series is entirely new, and significant in many ways. First, it uses the same CLAR architecture that underpins the very-well-received 7-series, which makes the car up to 100kg lighter than the old one, even if it does without the fancy carbon fiber bits of its bigger brother. Second, it marks a further step for BMW in an effort to make its cars appeal to all sorts of people and wallets: not only will this one be available as a sedan and a wagon, with a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, but it will also be available with four (!) different chassis setups: standard, sport, electronically-controlled dampers and the “full hog”, which adds active anti-roll bars to the latter. Makes you nostalgic for the days when BMW offered one (perfect) chassis tuning. Interestingly, with all these options available air suspension is notable by its absence, even though these days Mercedes-Benz offers it on the C-class and Audi on the Q5. Finally, the 5-series is also a (sad, to many fans) confirmation that BMW has truly gone back to its “one sausage, different lengths” styling approach. But hey – if it ain’t broke, and its working for the other premium German brands, why fix it?

So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments and poll below:

Does the new 5-series have what it takes to go to the top of its class?

  • No way - the S90, XF and E-class all make the 5-series look ordinary (27%, 25 Votes)
  • Hard sell - it looks too much like the previous one to truly stand out (25%, 23 Votes)
  • Probably - the E-class may be more impressive on paper, but I'm sure the BMW will be a great drive! (22%, 20 Votes)
  • Absolutely - it looks great and is packed with tech! (15%, 14 Votes)
  • It may be boring, but the 5-series will sell no matter what! (11%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he'd moved to the US. In college he promised himself he's buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman...
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Comments

  1. Maseratis are way more exciting, and when Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Cloverleaf arrives, well there is also abetter choice.BMW M-Benz and Audi are total crap. I went Italian and now so happy.

  2. I’d have preferred the option – The conservative design is as boring as hell, but it’ll sell by the bucketload.

  3. It will have more competition because of S90/V90 and new E-class but I think it will sell a lot.

  4. Never thought I was ever going to say this, but the E-Class looks better. Just like Audi, BMW has downgraded its design by making their cars look cheap which is the result of using the current design and only applying a couple of changes. The grille stands out in a negative way, very Audi-esque.

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