A few days ago, the eighth-generation BMW 5-Series long wheelbase version (code G68) and BMW i5 (code G60 BEV) completed the declaration in the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which means that the new car has been approved for sale and is expected to go on sale as soon as this year. As a replacement model, the new BMW 5-Series adjusts its appearance and interior design, and the power continues to carry 2.0T high and low power engines. It is understood that the current BMW 5-series long wheelbase version will stop production in November, and the new BMW 5-series long wheelbase version will continue to be put into production at the brilliance BMW Shenyang Dadong plant. As a reference, the guide price of the current BMW 5-Series long wheelbase version is 43.65-562500 yuan.
In terms of appearance, the new 5-series continues the design style of overseas models as a whole. Compared with current models, the size of the front grille of the new 5-series is slightly larger, and champagne gold elements are incorporated around the grille and around the front, which enhances the sense of luxury to a certain extent. The new car does not use the split headlamp design of the BMW 7-Series, but is aimed at using a more simplified "double arrow" LED headlamp set to make it more in line with the minimalist aesthetic trend of the times, with the surrounding area with the aerodynamic components common to BMW M sports suit models.
On the side of the car body, the new 5-series outline and profile are very simple, and there is no redundant design. The new car uses the same built-in door handle of the BMW i4 and is no longer integrated with the shoulder line of the body, the Huo corner of the C-column triangular window is more obvious, and the decorative lines of the window frame are expected to provide piano black or chrome plated style. the new digital "5" logo is added at the Huo corner, and the BMW i5 will produce a blue breathing light effect when charging. In the rear part, the shape of the redesigned taillight is more recognizable and integrated with L-shaped chromium plating decoration, highlighting the luxury attribute of the vehicle. In terms of size, the length, width and height of the new 5 series are 5175/1900/1520mm and the wheelbase is 3105mm, which is almost the same as the previous generation.
In terms of interior decoration, the new 5 Series uses a double screen design consisting of 12.3 inches and 14.9 inches, which can also be seen on the BMW 7 Series. At the same time, it is equipped with a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, following the principle of "Shy Tech" invisible technology, the number of physical keys of the whole vehicle has been greatly reduced, and the center console has indeed simplified a lot compared with previous models. In addition, the new car will also be equipped with embracing interactive light belt, hidden air conditioning outlet and light belt design into one, making the visual effect of the car more simple.
It is worth mentioning that the new car will be equipped with a rear suspended giant screen, this luxurious configuration from the BMW 7-series will become an exclusive option for the domestic long-wheelbase version of the 5-series, the screen size is 31 inches, the resolution is 8K, and supports real-time interconnection. Not only that, the new car will also be equipped with high-end configurations such as Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system and four-zone automatic independent air conditioning (with independent control panel in the back row). Finally, the back of the front seat will also be equipped with the Chinese character "five" exclusive logo to further highlight its special identity as a domestic version of the model.
According to the application information, the new 5 series will continue to carry 2.0T high and low power engines, including 525Li with low power 2.0T engine (B48B20R), maximum power 156kW Shi530Li with high power 2.0T engine (B48B20T), and maximum power 211kW. In terms of transmission, it is expected to continue to match the 8-speed hand-integrated gearbox. As for the BMW i5e Drive 35L, it uses a rear single motor drive with a maximum power of 250kW.
The main competitors of BMW 5-Series are Audi A6L and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It is worth mentioning that the new generation of Mercedes-Benz E-Class has also completed the declaration in the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and is expected to go on sale in November. It will upgrade its appearance and interior, and its wheelbase is 15mm higher than that of the previous generation of models, but its overall size (5092/1880/1493/3094mm) is not as good as that of the new BMW 5-Series.
From January to July 2023, a total of 393700 BMW 5-Series vehicles were sold, including 72258 BMW 5-Series vehicles, according to the Federation. In the BBA market, the BMW 5-Series lagged behind Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6L, which sold a total of 91644 and 94000 in the previous July.
Generally speaking, there are still a lot of surprises for the new BMW 5-Series. Overseas versions tend to be more comprehensive than domestic models in some configuration levels, but we see differences in the upcoming domestic brand-new generation of models. for example, the back-row screen, which belongs exclusively to the domestic market, may also reflect the importance BMW attaches to the Chinese market.
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