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BMW 5 Series

The new BMW 5 Series is revealed (and it can park all by itself)

It’s business as usual in the looks department but the technology has evolved.

THE SEVENTH GENERATION of the BMW 5 Series saloon cuts a sporty, elegant and stylish figure. Much like its predecessor.

In fact, this new model looks very similar to the previous one – although it is now lighter, lower, more aerodynamic and comes with a rack of new advanced technology.

Some of the new assistance systems on hand in the 5 Series include Lane Change Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, which can be used up to 201km/h.

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.

It is also equipped with the latest-generation iDrive system, which can be operated via the iDrive controller, by voice command or gesture, or by touching the display controls directly.

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As an option, your 5 Series can have Adaptive LED Headlights with variable light distribution including adaptive roundabout lights and BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle high-beam with a range of up to 500 metres.

The new 5 Series can even park itself thanks to the optional Parking Assistant – which detects empty spots and parks the vehicle automatically – and the Remote Parking system, which allows the car to be manoeuvred into even the tightest parking spaces remotely using the car key.

Yup, you don’t even have to be in the car. You can get out and stand by the car and park it by pressing a button!

Two diesel engines and two petrol variants will be available from launch. The 530i (€60,570) features a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder in-line 252hp petrol unit and the 540i (€77,240) features a 3.0-litre straight-six 340hp petrol unit.Both can be optioned with xDrive and are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

There will be a new 190hp four-cylinder engine powering the 520d (€52,800 OTR) and this can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

If optioned with xDrive (€56,340) it will come with the automatic gearbox. A 265hp six-cylinder in-line unit will power the 530d (€65,710). This can be optioned with xDrive (€69,480) and is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

Later on in the year, there will be a BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid launched as well as a more efficient BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition and a powerful 462hp M550i xDrive version.

Irish customers can order the new 5 Series now, but it won’t hit our roads until February 2017.

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