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The New BMW 5 Series Sedan And BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

Our favorite saloon gets a dose of refreshment

Greg Emmerson
May 21, 2013 SHARE
2014 bmw 5 series models Photo 1/9   |   2014 Bmw 5 Series Models

The BMW 5 Series has always exuded athleticism, efficiency and sex appeal, and throughout its life, each generation grows more innovative in order to provide an even better driving experience.

With sales figures consistently rising, the 5 Series has solidified its position as a global leader in its class, and now for the 2014 model year, it embarks on a new chapter. Modifications to the design, the addition of a new inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine for the Sedan and even more optional equipment brings the 5 Series a definite step up.

The enhanced, 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo will go on sale at Authorized BMW Centers in the US in August, 2013.

MSRP for the 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo:

  • 528i Sedan -- $50,425
  • 550i xDrive Sedan -- $67,125
  • 528i xDrive Sedan -- $52,725
  • ActiveHybrid 5 -- $62,325
  • 535i Sedan -- $56,025
  • 535i Gran Turismo -- $60,925
  • 535i xDrive Sedan -- $58,325
  • 535i xDrive Gran Turismo -- $63,225
  • 535d Sedan -- $57,525
  • 550i Gran Turismo -- $68,825
  • 535d xDrive Sedan -- $59,825
  • 550i xDrive Gran Turismo -- $71,125
  • 550i Sedan -- $64,825

All prices include $925 Destination and Handling

Design: Developing the Five's signature sporty character.

Fresh contour lines for the surround of the BMW kidney grille and redesigned lower air intakes reinforce the sporty appearance of the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan. The accentuated width of the rear end is underlined by an extra crease in the apron, as well as slim, sharply contoured and therefore more striking rear lights.

The 2014 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo receives a modified front apron exuding presence and solidity. Its redesigned rear end creates a longer and lower visual impression. A three-dimensional surface design for the area around the license plate holder and a chrome strip in the rear apron add further depth to its dynamic character. All 5 Series models now come standard with Xenon Adaptive headlights, while Adaptive LED Headlights join the options list for 2014. Elsewhere, the side indicator lights are now integrated into the exterior mirrors. Also new in the BMW 5 Series are the Luxury Line and Modern Line, in addition to the popular M Sport choice.

Capacity

The storage compartments and cup holders in the center console of these models now have increased capacity. A revised rear section increases the luggage capacity of the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo by 2.1 cu-ft to 17.7 cu-ft (European figures, preliminary).

2014 bmw 535i sedan front Photo 2/9   |   2014 Bmw 535I Sedan Front

Engine and Chassis

The BMW 535d has been added as BMW's latest diesel variant in North America. Its inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 - 3,000 rpm (preliminary figures). Simultaneously, the new BMW 535d Sedan is expected to show substantial fuel efficiency gains over its gasoline-fueled counterpart. US EPA figures will be available closer to the on-sale date. BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system is also available on the new 535d Sedan.

The top dog engine in the new 5 Series Sedan is now an updated V8 with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and Valvetronic throttle-lett intake technology, making a beastly 445hp and 480 lb-ft.

The 5 Series chassis includes a double-wishbone front axle, integral rear axle and Servotronic variable power steering function. The chassis is constructed to deliver a fine balance between performance and comfort. The 5 Series Gran Turismo comes with standard air suspension, including automatic self-leveling rear suspension. The Driving Dynamics Control switch on the center console is standard on all models. Adaptive Drive and Integral Active Steering are systems unmatched by other players that can be specified as options.

Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start-Stop functionality, and ECO PRO mode, the suite of standard-fitted BMW EfficientDynamics technologies now also includes a coasting mode (which disengages the powertrain while coasting), and the ECO PRO Route function, which can be selected via the Navigation system. Additionally, updated aerodynamics is a key factor in the latest advances made by the engineers for maximum fuel efficiency.

BMW ConnectedDrive: who needs an iPhone when you've got a BMW?

In the new 5 Series, the optional Comfort Access system allows the tailgate or trunk to be opened hands-free, has been extended to include a closing mechanism, which means that a movement of the foot under the rear apron can now be used to prompt the tailgate to close as well as open, which is great for when you've got your hands full.

In addition, there is now a new rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system and a new version of the ambient light option with a facility which allows the interior lighting to be alternated in tone between orange and white.

Alongside the globally unrivalled Concierge Service for hotel reservations and a selection of other services, BMW ConnectedDrive also offers an unusually extensive suite of office functions, including internet-based services. The dictation function, for example, provides a convenient way of entering text for SMS messages and emails during a journey. The array of search, travel, office and social media services can be accessed via the car's integrated SIM card or the customer's smartphone.

iDrive4.2: Now with touchpad.

The newly-standard iDrive4.2 Navigation system makes use of an optimized menu display and allows access to Advanced Real Time Traffic Information. A new iDrive rotary controller with an integrated touchpad allows the input of characters for destinations, phone numbers, and other functions within the iDrive4.2 operating system.

2014 bmw 5 series gran turismo Photo 3/9   |   2014 Bmw 5 Series Gran Turismo

Powertrain and Chassis.

The engine is the heart of every BMW. The new BMW Advanced Diesel 535d Sedan model, additional availability of xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, and an even more powerful and fuel efficient V-8 join the action for 2014. The line-up for the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is comprised of two gasoline engines.

The cutting-edge chassis technology underpinning the 2014 BMW 5 Series family delivers a balance of dynamic performance and ride comfort without peer. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is also fitted as standard with automatic self-leveling air suspension at the rear axle.

Among the options available for all members of the BMW 5 Series family are the Integral Active Steering and Adaptive Drive systems, which no other model in this segment offers. Enhancements of acoustic and suspension comfort in the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, meanwhile, lend even further emphasis to its role as a supreme long-distance specialist.

A new diesel engine for the Sedan.

In the new diesel engine, which powers the BMW 535d Sedan, this package of technology consists of a variable-geometry turbocharger and high precision direct fuel injection with solenoid valve injectors. The 3.0-liter engine develops a maximum output of 255 HP, generates peak torque of 413 lb-ft.

The new generation of the V-8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology for the BMW 5 Series model family takes to the stage armed with a 10 percent rise in output yet also significantly reduced fuel consumption. Found under the hood of the BMW 550i Sedan and BMW 550i Gran Turismo, it now also combines its two twin-scroll turbochargers and high precision direct fuel injection with BMW's Valvetronic throttle-less intake valve control. The engine generates 445 horsepower and maximum torque of 480 lb-ft from its 4.4-liter displacement. The new BMW 550i Sedan, for example, roars from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The 2014 BMW 535i Sedan and 535i Gran Turismo retain BMW's multi-award-winning "N55" 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. An award winning BMW TwinPower turbo "N20" four-cylinder gasoline engine is retained for the 2014 BMW 528i Sedan.

The BMW 535i Sedan can be fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission as a no cost option. All BMW 5 Series models receive the extremely fast and precise, not to mention extraordinarily efficient, 8-speed automatic transmission provided as standard equipment. The 8-speed automatic now comes with a coasting function and can also be ordered with Sport Automatic shift paddles on the steering wheel. The Sport Automatic option, standard for the 2014 BMW 550i Sedan models, stands out with impressive shift dynamics and now includes Launch Control.

Yes, launch control comes from the factory as an option on your 5 Series. BMW, we love you.

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