BMW has announced plans to reveal multiple versions of the company’s new 5-Series sedan. Specifically, next month’s Detroit Auto Show will serve as the backdrop for the world-debut of the seventh generation 5-Series, first M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid.
A hallmark of all versions of the new 5-Series is a ground-up remodel, which includes significant use of magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steel. The use of mixed materials has netted a 137 pound weight reduction, which will undoubtedly aid both performance and efficiency of all 5-Series variants.
At the core of the new 5-Series lineup is the new 540i xDrive. The 540i xDrive is equipped with a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that yields 335 hp (35 hp more than its predecessor), 332 lb-ft of torque, a top speed of 155 mph, and accelerates from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.
Those wanting a little more performance can opt for the first-ever M550i xDrive variant. This M550i is powered by a V-8 engine that generates 456 hp, 480 lb-ft of torque, and achieves 0-60 in 4.0 seconds according to preliminary BMW figures. That power will funnel through an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
While the M550i covers the raw performance side of the house, BMW is also going to add to its growing lineup of alternative propulsion productions with the introduction of the 530e iPerformance. Like the smaller 330e iPerformance and larger 730e xDrive iPerformance, the 530e combines BMW’s hybrid powertrain system with a four-cylinder gas engine. Combined, it generates 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque to propel from zero to 60 mph in an estimated 6.2 seconds. BMW claims the powertrain will allow 530e drivers to drive exclusively on electric for about 15 miles before the gas engine kicks in to assist.
The all-new 5-Series is slated to go on sale in February, while the M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance variants will arrive later in spring. Collectively the lineup unquestionably aims to position BMW at the top of the midsize luxury sedan market, which has sold over 1 million units in the U.S. since its 1975 launch.