When the Five came alive

Raymond Lai
19 May 2010

BMW heralded in one of the most important new models of the year on the 18th of May.

Five for Fighting

Held at a purpose built marquee next to the new *Scape shopping mall next to Orchard Cineleisure, the event was attended by guests as well as members of the media.

The two variants currently available are on display at the venue. For now, only the 523i and the 535i will be offered. Both models are powered by BMW's signature straight-six units. The 306bhp 535i will accelerate to 100km/h from rest in 6.1 seconds, making it a true performance saloon. The 523i is available as a base model as well as a higher spec Highline model.

With the longest wheelbase in the segment, a long and sleek engine compartment lid, short overhangs front and rear and a coupé-like, graceful roofline, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan stands out from the competition. Overall, the aesthetic looks of the car are clearly determined by perfectly balanced proportions. Design features typical of BMW are to be found both at the front with its BMW kidney grille inclined slightly forward and on the strikingly chiselled engine compartment lid, in the stylish and elegant side view of the car, and on the muscular rear end. Within the interior, modern function and a superior ambience come together in perfect harmony, unmistakable style and clear orientation to the driver in the cockpit guaranteeing a truly unique driving and travelling experience.

The most advanced drivetrain and suspension technologies ensure supreme sportiness and an even higher standard of motoring comfort all in one. At the same time optional Dynamic Driving Control enables the driver to set the suspension individually to his personal requirements. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is available with Adaptive Drive encompassing Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive stability control, as well as BMW’s Integral Active Steering as optional equipment.

BMW EfficientDynamics technologies are naturally featured as standard in appropriate combinations on each model, with features such as Brake Energy Regeneration and on- demand operation of ancillary units including a detachable a/c compressor. Intelligent lightweight construction, finally, is ensured by features such as the doors, engine compartment lid, front side panels and suspension components made of aluminium.

The driver assistance systems offered for the first time in the context of BMW ConnectedDrive include a Park Assist, Surround View, collision warning with application of the brakes in conjunction with Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go. Further features also available are, Lane Departure Warning, a Head-Up Display, BMW Night Vision with detection of individual persons and a back-up camera.

The new BMW 5 Series Sedan will be available at all BMW showrooms beginning 22 May 2010. 523i prices start from $215,800 while the 535i will set you back $294,800.