The 2018 BMW 5-Series model has been gearing up for a release for quite some time now. The first time the testing mule for this vehicle was spotted had been quite early in its development. The model was seen in 2014 for the first time and then again later that year. The pictures depicted a BMW car wearing heavy camo offering a future 5-Series design.
We needed to wait quite a lot for the car to be showcased officially for the first time and it came in late 2016. The model was displayed and the announcement for a 2018 model year release has been made. The model has an evolutionary style and has some of the most advanced state-of-the-art features that one would wish for to get inside a car.
The best thing about all the future BMW releases, not just this one, is that they are being made using brand new weight reduction technology. The future model will weigh 137 pounds less than the previous car. It uses a combination of magnesium, aluminum, and high-strength steel in order to make its 7 Series CFRP technology function.
The model will address some performance issues and will also offer better fuel economy with the new lighter platform. Also the release date is expected to be earlier than 2018 with a slew of engines following the release, especially some interesting choice for the US market.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 BMW 5-Series model?
The announcement for the 2018 BMW 5-Series and its release date came just shortly after its first showcasing. The unveiling did not just show us the car, it also stated the release date for it as well. Fans of the brand will be able to get their own model by the end of 2017.
What is the 2018 BMW 5–Series Price Range?
What they did not reveal at the official unveiling of the 2018 BMW 5-Series was the price. This fact will be released by the middle of the year, but like any BMW model it does not come cheap. You can expect the base MSRP price to hover around $50,000 as a starting price.
What are the 2018 BMW 5–Series Exterior Changes?
The styling of the 2018 BMW 5-Series is pretty straightforward. We were able to see immediately when the spy photos had been released that this design was going to be an evolutionary one rather than a revolutionary one. It borrows heavily from the current 7-Series model and adopts some interesting changes. The front end features a wider kidney grille surrounded by longer headlights. It even comes with LED adaptive units now.
The side view of the car offers a much more pronounced beltline which gives the car an air of sportiness to it. There is also a hockey stick-shaped character line placed just above the side skirts of the car. The rear end has some new and redesigned taillights which are positioned much deeper into the sides of the car. The rear part also adds new symmetrically arranged exhaust tailpipes placed on the sides of it as well.
The model is also offered with some specific design pieces which come available through the offered packages. New for this year are the Design Package and the M Sport Package. There are two non-metallic and 11 metallic color shades available and four different light-alloy designs in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch sizes. You can read our article about 2019 BMW 5 Series changes as well.
What is the 2018 BMW 5–Series Interior Redesign?
The inside of the 2018 BMW 5-Series will be heavily based on the 7-Series counterpart. This is apparent from the looks and design of the center stack. There is a completely identical infotainment screen added and a similar wood trim as well. But there are some differences in the center stack because the A/C vents are separated from the HVAC controls and are integrated together in the 7-Sereis.
To help you with the comfort, the driver will use the 16-way electrically adjustable Sport seats. Optionally available are the 20-way adjustable Multi-contour seats which you can use for the driver and the passenger as well. The driver and the passenger have just enough room in the front, while the rear area has been expanded by 1.2 inches for the legroom and knee room. There is additional storage space added in the sides of the car.
Powertrain Ability and Specs
The US version of the 2018 BMW 5-Series model will be available with two powertrain variants. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder, both turbocharged, will be available. A manual transmission choice is not available yet but you can expect it to be added to the V-8 variant in the future. Power is expected to range at 248 hp, 258 lb-ft and 335 hp, 332 lb-ft for the two engines.
2018 BMW 5–Series 0-60 mph Acceleration Ability
Different powertrains and model offers of the 2018 BMW 5-Seriese will provide different kinds of outputs. The base 530i model will accelerate to 60 mph in 6 seconds using the 4-cylinder engine, while the same engine makes the same thing in 5.8 seconds in the xDrive. The 540i variant achieves it in 4.9 seconds while the fastest is the RWD xDrive option making it to 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The top speed for both versions of the engine is 130 mph standard, or 155 mph optional.
Fuel Economy Ratings and Specifications
The official fuel rates for the 2018 BMW 5-Series have not been issued so far, but they will be better compared to the previous ones. The light-weight structure of the newest model will provide a lot better specifications compared to the current EPA rating of 23 mpg city, 34 highway, 27 combined that the car has. The rates will come when the car is released or just before that.
2018 BMW 5–Series Dimensions Changes
The dimensions for the 2018 BMW 5-Series have not been officially released as for now. But based on the interior structure of the car and the added spacing inside, we are probably getting a size increase. They did not specify how much longer or wider the car is but it is not by a large margin. Looking at the car we do not see any specific changes and the car looks more or less the same size that it was. But that is the beauty of engineering that BMW is incorporating. The official specs will be available once the price is revealed.
There is a slew of technology which updates the safety systems of the 2018 BMW 5-Series car. The standard set includes airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front and rear seats, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter at the front seats, crash sensors, and tire defect indicator. As part of the Driver Assistance Plus II package, there are some advanced offers like Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant and Active Lane Change. Added are some advanced options which are offered for higher trims and for specific packages of the car.
What are the Rivaling Models?
The competition is pretty much the old setup that the 2018 BMW 5-Series will face now. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi A6 are your offered models and your potential alternative choices when it comes to the segment. There are perhaps small differences between these cars and it divides the car by a small margin.