Exclusive dealers of BMW in Nigeria, Coscharis motors, recently unveiled the 2018 BMW 5 series at the Banana Island cultural festival, Banana Island, Lagos. The 7th generation 5 series was earlier launched globally in February 2017 in Europe. For the first time ever in the history of BMW 5 Series, the headlights are seamlessly integrated into the kidney grill. This emphasizes the car’s width, and gives it a more sporty and broad stance on the road. However, The BMW 5 Series Sedan further enhanced dynamics, an unbeatable line-up of assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and a new and innovative operating system are the most important new features. More than 7.6 million BMW 5 Series cars were sold across its first six generations. The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series points the way into the future.
The newly designed chassis, a low centre of gravity, BMW’s hallmark even weight distribution and a lightweight body offering exceptional torsional stiffness combine a wonderfully dynamic driving experience with the long-distance comfort for which the BMW 5 Series is renowned.
A wealth of assistance systems are on hand in the new BMW 5 Series to offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic and monotonous stretches of motorway. To this end, it is fitted as standard with a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. New features in the BMW 5 Series alongside the evasion aid and Crossing traffic warning are the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs.
The BMW 5 Series also takes another step towards automated driving with extended functions for the optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) system and Steering and Lane keeping assistant. These include adoption of speed restrictions, which the optional Intelligent Speed Assist communicates to the cruise control system (the driver can adjust this figure by +/– 15 km/h). From rest to 210 km/h, the car can relieve the driver of acceleration, braking and steering duties, as desired. The intelligent Auto Start Stop function now adjusts its responses to the route and traffic conditions and therefore offers even greater driving comfort.
Coscharis motors General Manager Marketing, Abiona Babarinde stated; “We are in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically, but also have huge emotional appeal. It remains the epitome of the business sedan, which made BMW qualify the BMW 5 Series as the “Business Athlete”.
Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder, Trendy Africa Magazine and Flowtran global blog. He has reported on Motoring with trademark columns; Roadrunner and Carliners. Contact; email@example.com