The 5 LWB will be aimed towards chauffeured audiences
- Will also get full-electric i5 version
- Likely to get 2.0L turbo-petrol & diesel powertrains
- SWB expected to be discontinued with new gen
BMW has revealed the long-wheelbase version of the latest generation 5 series sedan(codenamed G60) for China. It is expected to be launched in India next year between a price of Rs. 70-90 Lakhs(Ex-showroom). The long wheelbase frees up more legroom in the second row and is aimed towards buyers who are chauffeured.
BMW 5 series LWB Exterior changes
Like the regular european-spec short-wheelbase 5 series, the LWB is largely similar. This includes a more straighter design with less curves than the current car. Unlike other recent BMWs, it does not get an oversized grille or split taillamps however. Towards the side is where most changes have occurred. The stretched wheelbase has resulted in a larger rear door along with a flatter roofline to free up headroom. There is an illuminated “5” motif on the C pillar which is a China-exclusive touch. There aren’t many changes towards the rear, although boot space could be increased due to the larger dimensions.
BMW 5 Series LWB Interior
The interiors also remain largely identical to the short-wheelbase variant and feature a massive BMW Curved Display encasing two screens acting as the infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. China-specific touches include a Titanium Bronze inlay for the passenger side instrument panel and Clarity Glass applications for various controls.
Towards the rear is where the biggest changes are present. There is now a lot more legroom owing to the longer dimensions. Also exclusive to the LWB is a massive 31.3 inch entertainment screen with 8K resolution that folds down from the roof. There is also a 4-zone climate control, embossed “5” motif on headrests, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and quilted two-tone leather seats for the rear occupants.
BMW 5 Series LWB India launch, Price, Rivals
BMW is expected to launch the G60 5 series LWB sometime next year. It could be priced anywhere between Rs. 70-90 Lakhs (Ex-showroom). Expect a large hike over the current car owing to the dimensions and increase in equipment. It is also expected that the regular short-wheelbase 5 series would be discontinued just like the 3 series short-wheelbase was earlier this year. The 5 LWB will go up against the very popular Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB which is also due for a new generation in India next year. A higher-performance M version could also come in at a later date.
We can also expect the all-electric i5 version to launch late next year which could be priced around Rs.1-1.2 Cr. However, this will be the short-wheelbase version and will go up against the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan.
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