BMW 5 Series LWB Debuts in India: More Space, More Tech, More Luxury

BMW 5 Series LWB

The BMW 5 Series has long been a symbol of power and sophistication in the luxury sedan segment. Now, BMW India has unveiled the much-anticipated long-wheelbase (LWB) version of the new-generation 5 Series, making it the first market outside China and the only right-hand-drive market to get this extended version. This spacious and feature-rich sedan is set to take on the segment leader, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB, when it launches on July 24, 2024.

Unmatched Dimensions and Design

The biggest talking point of the new 5 Series LWB is its size. It boasts best-in-class dimensions, dwarfing not only its predecessor but also the E-Class LWB. At over 5 meters long and with a wheelbase exceeding 3 meters, it offers unmatched legroom and headroom for rear passengers.

The design leans towards a 2.5-box silhouette, featuring a flowing roofline that merges into the rear. While the large size is evident, BMW has incorporated contour lines and contrasting colors to create a visually appealing look. The signature kidney grille is larger than before but maintains a sporty sedan character. The swept-back headlights are reminiscent of the classic E60 5 Series, while the taillights are sleek and modern.

Focus on Rear Seat Comfort

The extended wheelbase translates directly into a luxurious rear cabin experience. Passengers are greeted by ample legroom and generous headroom. Large windows and a panoramic sunroof bathe the cabin in natural light. Notably absent, however, are rear sunshades – a feature even the previous 5 Series offered.

While the Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB offers rear-seat recline functionality, the BMW takes a different approach. The 5 Series LWB features fixed rear seats with thick cushioning and pronounced contours for maximum comfort. This design frees up space for thicker cushions compared to adjustable seats, according to BMW. The 31-degree seatback angle ensures a relaxed seating position, further enhanced by neck pillows and side bolsters for shoulder support.

Tech-laden Interior

The front cabin features the now-familiar BMW curved display layout with a 14.9-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display. The new iDrive 8.5 infotainment system takes center stage, offering a plethora of features and connectivity options. The center console houses the iDrive controller, drive mode selector, and gear selector toggle, while the climate controls are integrated into the touchscreen.

Quality materials abound throughout the interior, with open-pore wood trim, metal speaker grilles, and a well-crafted steering wheel creating a premium ambience. Notably, this is the first BMW to feature a fully vegan-upholstered interior.

Expected Features and Price

The feature list includes front-seat ventilation, matrix LED headlights, a powerful sound system, and ample USB-C ports. While a rear-seat entertainment system and an advanced driver-assistance suite (ADAS) are available, features like adaptive cruise control are missing.

The pricing for the new 5 Series LWB will be revealed on launch day, July 24. Considering its extended features and focus on rear-seat comfort, expect a price tag exceeding that of the current 6 Series GT. This strategic shift positions the 5 Series LWB to cater to the growing demand for chauffeur-driven luxury sedans.

A Strong Contender in the Luxury Sedan Segment

The arrival of the new BMW 5 Series LWB in India stirs up the luxury sedan segment. With its unmatched dimensions, luxurious rear cabin, and a feature-rich interior, it presents a compelling alternative to the established Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB. With the launch date approaching, car enthusiasts eagerly await the official pricing and a chance to experience this impressive new offering from BMW.

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