21 innovative features in the new BMW 5-series

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BMW is placing a bigger focus on tech in its all-new BMW 5-Series.

In addition to semi-autonomous features, the 2017 BMW 5-series comes with smart display systems and Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa.

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BMW made a few design changes to the overall appearance of the car. It’s 1.2 inches longer to increase legroom in the back, and the headlights now flow into the kidney grille.

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The new BMW 5-series also offers increase trunk capacity at 18.7 cubic feet. The car comes in 13 different colors.

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All of the seats in the new 5-Series have eight different massage programs, each with three different intensity modes.

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When the middle seat is not in use, it can be used to hold drinks or as an armrest.

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The car comes with the standard Comfort, Sport, and ECO driving modes. The Sport mode offers a more dynamic driving experience, while ECO is best when you’re looking for efficiency.

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But BMW added an extra driving mode to its new 5-Series called Adaptive. The new mode will adapt the driving style based on the route ahead, taking into account road conditions, curves ahead, and upcoming intersections.

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The car comes with a forward facing camera, radar sensors, and ultrasound sensors to provide semi-autonomous features.

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It has dynamic cruise control for any speed between 19 mph and 130 mph. It also works in traffic heavy situations.

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The BMW 5-Series also comes with Active Lane Departure Warning for speeds between 40 mph and 130 mph. It works with Active Lane Keeping Assist to ensure the car doesn’t drift.

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Side Collision Avoidance will steer the car back into its original lane if it detects another vehicle in a blindspot. It will warn the driver is changing lanes is unsafe by making the steering wheel vibrate.

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BMW is also introducing something called Evasion Aid in the new 5-Series. If a vehicle in front of the car brakes aggressively, the car will change lanes quickly to avoid a forward collision. Evasion Aid works at speeds up to 100 mph.

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BMW has kept its key fob with a full-color touchscreen. It can be used to remotely park the car in tight spaces while the driver stands outside of it.

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The car also comes with an improved heads-up display that will give basic information about the drive, like the speed, but will also alert you of potential hazards straight on the windshield.

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The car comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display that can be used for navigation or entertainment.

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The display also comes with gesture control…


… As well as an improved voice control.


The steering wheel also comes with basic functions like the ability to take a call or change the music volume. There’s also steering wheel heating for cold drives.

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There are also six different ambient light color options, and a surround sound speaker system. If you opt for the premium version, passengers in the back can watch TV on two separate displays.

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You can also opt to have a minimalist wireless charging console in the front.


You can even hook BMW Connected up to Amazon’s Alexa to lock the car remotely or check its fuel level from your home.

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There will be two different models when the car hits US dealerships in February 2017. The 530i delivers 248 horsepower, and the 540i delivers 335 horsepower. The 530i hits a top speed of 130 mph and can accelerate to 60 mph in 6 seconds.

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