Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the premier distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines, launched the seventh generation 5-Series on Tuesday last week at the Bonifacio Global City Arts Center in Taguig City, following its launch in India.
“Since 1972, BMW has been producing an award-winning vehicle that enjoys international recognition and success. As the world’s most successful business car, the seventh generation BMW 5 Series mirrors the goals of our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. These include our passion for technological innovation, enhanced connectivity, and sustainable mobility,” ACC president Maricar Parco said.
The NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy is a new strategy by BMW that focuses on electric mobility and automated driving, setting the groundwork of BMW’s operations through 2025.
The seventh generation 5-Series, known internally as the G30, sees a new design direction and shares a modular platform with the current generation 7-Series. It features a more aggressive look compared to the previous generation F10 5-Series. The LED headlights are sharper looking and now connects to the signature kidney grille. Wider front air intakes give the car a broader stance. The lines and creases are more pronounced, giving it a more muscular impression, and continues to the sides, also adding another Hofmeister Kink, BMW’s signature design profile usually found at the C-pillars, on the side of the rear bumper. The rear tail pipes are symmetrical, giving it a more aggressive stance from the back.
Updates have been also made in the interior, using Dakota leather as standard, while the current range topping 530d uses Nappa leather. The instrument panels are now completely digital. Door trims are available in wood or aluminium, adorned with LED ambient lighting. The lighting color can be changed as the driver pleases. Also new to the 5-Series is the Ambient Air package, which includes various fragrances included inside the car, without having to buy an air freshener. These ambient settings can be controlled in BMW’s updated iDrive system from its 10.25-inch display, which can now scan hand gestures without having to touch the screen.
The new 5-Series sees the use of a display key, with a small screen which not only allows unlocking and unlocking or turning the air conditioning on or off, but also controls the car remotely for narrow parking situations.
Despite the additional technological convenience and the plush leather upholstery, it is 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, achieved by extensive use of aluminium. Two diesel engines are only made available for the car as of time of writing, with the 520d having a 2.0-liter twin turbocharged four cylinder engine with variable geometry turbos, developing 190 hp and 400 Newton-meters of torque, while the 530d is powered with a 3.0-litere, twin turbocharged six cylinder, also with variable geometry turbos, which produces 265 hp and 620 Nm of torque.
The 520d is available in two trims, with the Luxury Line costing P4.59 million and P4.99 million for the sportier M-Sport. The 530d is only available in Luxury Line trim only, and costs P6.39 million.
ACC Marketing Director Karl Magsuci told Fast Times they can request gasoline models such as the 540i upon request, but they will leave the diesel models as a standard offering.
“Right now, the early direction for BMW in the Philippines is the diesel technology because of the very advanced technology that we have, and the type of traffic that we have here, we believe that diesel is more suitable because of the torque – the immediate power that a diesel engine can produce, especially on stop-and-go traffic,” he added.