New generation BMW 5 Series LWB breaks cover in India – Auto News

New generation BMW 5 Series LWB breaks cover in India – Auto News

At launch, the new BMW 5 Series LWB will join the Audi A6 and the upcoming Mercedes Benz E-Class LWB.

The all-new BMW 5 Series recently broke ground in India and yes, as speculated, it will be available in the long wheelbase (LWB) format, which made its debut in China a few months ago. In fact, India is the first right-hand drive market in the world to receive the 5 Series LWB in its latest version.

The eighth generation of the new 5 Series made its world debut in its standard form last September. Recently, it was put on display in its full form at a private media event a few days ago. However, the Bavarian carmaker has still kept some crucial details secret. In this article, we tell you everything we know about the new generation 5-series LWB in India.

BMW 5 Series LWB: Exterior design

The first thing you notice about the new 5 Series LWB is its enormous size and you could easily mistake it for a 7 Series. BMW actually claims the 5 Series LWB is the largest sedan in its segment, measuring 5,175mm long, 1,900mm wide and 1,520mm high, with a wheelbase of 3,105mm. This makes it larger than the next generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB (L: 5,092 mm / W: 1,880 mm / H: 1,493 mm / WB: 3,094 mm), which will go on sale later this year.

BMW 5 Series LWB
BMW 5 series LWB (Image: Express Drives)

In terms of appearance, it gets an updated all-black kidney grille that is now illuminated and wrapped in gold bezels. The front bumper looks sporty thanks to the massive, all-black air vents and sleek side skirts with glossy black decorations. The side profile is sleek and understated, making it a more luxurious sedan than a sports sedan. The sedan has 18-inch alloy wheels with a star pattern

Another interesting change is the coupe-like slope of the roof, which gives it a slightly sporty profile. The ‘5’ embossed on the C-pillar ensures that the identity of a 5 Series is not confused by its enormous size. At the rear, sleek wraparound three-LED taillights are the highlight, along with a sporty rear bumper that houses an all-black diffuser with similar gold trim surrounding the quad-tip exhaust.

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BMW 5 Series LWB (Image: Express Drives)

BMW 5 Series LWB: interiors and equipment

The cabin interior of the 5 Series LWB looks sleek and modern with a multi-layer dashboard panel featuring both soft-touch and hard plastic surfaces, along with ambient lighting, giving it an airy atmosphere. Speaking of the dashboard, it houses the new dual-screen setup consisting of a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital driver display, both running on BMW 8.5 OS.

The chairs are upholstered with Tan Brown artificial leather seats. The variant shown at the media event featured the M Sport package and therefore received a new three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel. The center console with an all-black piano finish looks a bit busy, although the biggest highlight is the crystal rotary knob for switching between the infotainment menus.

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BMW 5 Series LWB interior (Image: Express Drives)

There’s no rear-seat entertainment package, at least as standard, but there are cushions for each individual occupant. Other novelties offered in the new 5 Series LWB include wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 360-degree camera, wireless phone charging in the front and rear compartments, four-zone climate control, an 18-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, ventilated and power front seats with memory, USB-C charging ports and ADAS of level 2, to name a few.

BMW 5 Series LWB: expected powertrain and price

BMW is yet to reveal the powertrain specifications of the new 5 Series in India. We also do not know which variants of the 5 Series LWB will be offered in our country. The model shown to the media was the 530 Li, which came with the M Sport packaging. We expect a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo petrol engine under the hood.

BMW 5 Series LWB rear
BMW 5 Series LWB (Image: Express Drives)

We expect that an entry-level petrol variant with a luxury limousine will also be offered, but we are not yet sure about a diesel variant yet. That said, all powertrains will be offered with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. The prices of the new-gen BMW 5 Series LWB will be announced on July 24 and we expect it to be priced around Rs 80 lakh (ex-showroom).