After months of spy photos and videos, the wraps have finally been pulled back on the 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan. The new model is more evolution than revolution, though the changes run more than skin deep. All new engines, weight savings, more tech, and better fuel efficiency are all in store for BMW’s latest sedan.
There will be no mistaking the new vehicle for anything other than a BMW, as the designers cribbed bits from the 3 and 7 Series in the drawing room. The new car has the strange hockey stick line that’s seen on the 7 Series, though less aggressive, and standard LED adaptive headlights that flow into the traditional kidney grille like those on the 3 Series. The ever-present Hofmeister kink is still there, along with most other modern BMW touches.
That kidney grille now features active shutters to help reduce drag as part of BMW’s ever-evolving EfficientDynamics enhancements. The whole car is outfitted with a number of active aero bits, dubbed Air Curtains and Air Breathers, to help keep the air moving through and around the car. The automaker says the enhancements also reduce lift at high speeds