Continually catering for the discerning customers in Qatar, Alfardan Automobiles, the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, welcomed the eagerly anticipated BMW 5 Series in its showroom last week.
The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan cuts a sporty, elegant and stylish figure with further enhanced dynamics and an unbeatable line-up of assistance systems. It also offers an unmatched degree of connectivity and a new innovative operating system to give drivers in Qatar a redefined experience behind the wheel of the much-loved luxury sedan.
Superior driving pleasure and unsurpassed aerodynamics.
The design and aerodynamics of the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series have been heavily upgraded to add higher levels in efficiency, comfort and performance. Rigorous application of the BMW EfficientLightweight lightweight design concept, with increased use of aluminium and high-strength steels, reduces the weight of the 5 Series Sedan by up to 100 kilograms from that of its predecessor. The newly designed chassis, a low centre of gravity, BMW’s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned. Various chassis options such as Integral Active Steering, which can now be teamed with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, add further talents to a dynamics-focused overall package designed to ensure the BMW 5 Series once again stands at the top of its class.
Mr. Ihab Allam, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles commented: “We are thrilled to have the much-anticipated all-new BMW 5 Series available in our showrooms for our customers in Qatar. We are confident that our customers will enjoy the elegance, aesthetic appeal and the driving experience it delivers. Alfardan Automobiles has gone from strength to strength in the Qatari market, continually delivering exceptional customer service and offering the latest models from the BMW Group. Now, with the BMW 5 Series, we have another strong product for those seeking a unique combination of luxury and performance.”
The next step to automated driving.
The car is fitted as standard with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. New features in the BMW 5 Series alongside the evasion aid and Crossing traffic warning are the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs.
The BMW 5 Series also takes another step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and lane control assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions; which drivers can select as part of the Speed Limit Assist option. Drivers can confirm adoption of a speed restriction and make an adjustment of +/– 15 km/h / 9 mph in the system settings. From rest to 210 km/h (130 mph) the car assists the driver with distance-keeping, accelerating, braking and lane control. This increases comfort significantly – in particular at low speeds and in slow-moving traffic on clogged up motorway sections. The intelligent Auto Start Stop function now adjusts its responses to the route and traffic conditions and therefore offers even greater driving comfort.
Intuitive usability and extensive comfort.
With a stronger focus on user-friendliness, the new BMW 5 Series is fitted with the latest-generation iDrive system. In top specification, it displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. The system can be operated using the iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures, or by touching the display controls directly, as the driver wishes. The latest-generation full-colour BMW Head-Up Display has a projection surface that is 70 per cent larger than before and displays traffic signs, telephone listings, radio stations, music tracks, navigation instructions and warnings from the assistance systems.
BMW 530i and BMW 540i: the new petrol engines.
All the engines in the 5 Series Sedan line-up belong to the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics family of power units. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology instils all the members of the family with outstanding performance combined with exceptional efficiency. Two petrol variants will be available from launch, working in tandem with either rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.
The new two-litre four-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW 530i develops peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and maximum output of 185 kW/252 hp. Its fuel consumption in the combined cycle comes in at 5.4 litres/100 km (52.3 mpg imp)*, which means CO2 emissions of 126 g/km – down more than 11 per cent on its predecessor’s figures. The BMW 530i accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The flagship engine at launch will be the 250 kW/340 hp unit under the bonnet of the new BMW 540i. This three-litre straight-six produces torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). Despite its extra output and sharper dynamic edge, average fuel consumption stands at only 6.5 l/100 km (43.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are kept to just 150 g/km*. In xDrive guise, the BMW 540i powers from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.8 seconds.
At the unveiling of the new model at an exclusive event in Doha, Johannes Seibert, Managing Director for BMW Group Middle East, said: “The BMW 5 Series continues to prove its individuality with the latest model as it embodies what many customers in the Middle East region expect in a luxury sedan. The design of the exterior is modern and elegant, which encapsulates into a spacious, luxurious and cosy interior. The all-new BMW 5 Series is a unique combination of sportiness, quality, comfort and functionality. It is built to understand the driver through an impressive line-up of new technology features, including the fifth-generation iDrive system, as well as various driver-assist systems. These are in addition to several new services and BMW ConnectedDrive features that enhance convenience and safety. Essentially, it has all the required features it needs to continue the remarkable success that its predecessors have achieved: around 7.9 million BMW 5 Series cars have been sold across its first six generations.”
The BMW 5 Series is now available at Alfardan Automobiles showrooms.