CARS.COM — Buyers of the 2017 BMW 5 Series will pay about $1,000 more at the base than the outgoing version, but they'll also gain features. When the seventh-gen incarnation of the luxury sports sedan hits dealerships on Feb. 11 — fresh off its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit — the 530i will start at $52,195, including a $995 destination charge.
That's compared with the model-year 2016 528i, which starts at $51,195 with destination. The 2017 540i, meanwhile, starts at $57,445, which is $600 more than the outgoing 535i. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system adds $2,300 at both levels. Pricing for the forthcoming high-performance M550i xDrive and plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance variants will be announced closer to those models' spring launch.
Among luxury sports-sedan competitors, the BMW is on the higher end of the price spectrum. The 2017 versions of the Audi A6 and Lexus GS start at $48,550 and $47,285, respectively. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, however, edges out the 5 Series with a starting price of $53,075. All prices include a destination charge.
Some big news for buyers of the newfangled 5 Series is that the sedan has lost as much as 137 pounds through the use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel in its construction. In addition, standard equipment now includes adaptive LED headlights, sport seats, BMW's Active Protection system with auto emergency braking, driver-attention alert, 18-inch double-spoke wheels and a sporty anthracite-colored headliner.
The new 5 Series also gets the iDrive 6.0 user interface with an 8.8-inch digital instrument cluster, available gesture control ($190 extra), the latest-generation head-up display (available on the $1,800 Driving Assistance Package, which also includes park assist and a backup camera), a 3-D 360-degree camera system (with the $1,400 Driver Assistance Plus package) and improved voice control.
We'll be on the floor of the Detroit auto show next month to bring you further details from the 2017 5 Series' debut.