The battle for technological supremacy in the premium midsize sedan segment is intensifying, with BMW claiming the redesigned 5-series sedan will become the most advanced on the market.
The seventh-generation 5 series will go on sale in February, BMW said in a statement today. It will offer a host of technical and communications systems borrowed from the flagship 7-series sedan.
They include semiautonomous driving and safety features, gesture controls for the telephone and infotainment system, and the ability to park the car with the driver standing outside the vehicle.
“With the new generation of the car we are once again setting the benchmark in all areas; it combines dynamic excellence and comfort to the best possible effect,” Klaus Froehlich, BMW board member for development, said in the statement. “Plus, the new BMW 5-series sedan is at the leading edge of technology when it comes to driver assistance and connectivity.”
The 5 series will compete against rival Mercedes-Benz with its technology-loaded E-class sedan. Mercedes has made similar claims about its car, which went on sale this year. The two brands are in a race to establish supremacy with autonomous and electric-car technology and want the bragging rights as advances are made over the next few years.
Larger but lighter
The 5 series will be slightly larger than the current car but will weigh 100 kg (137 pounds) less because of wider use of lightweight materials. For instance, the trunk lid is made of aluminum.