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BMW 5 Series Sedan Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 11
First production year: 1972
Engines: Mild hybrid diesel, Mild hybrid, Hybrid, Gasoline, Diesel, Hybrid gasoline
 

2020 - Present

The BMW 5 series reached its 7th generation, with the first one being revealed in 1972. The popular vehicle caught the eyes of the buyers due to its luxurious look, both the exterior and the interior design, along with the sportiness and comfort offered over the years, thus the Bavarian company managed to sell over 600,000 units of the 5 Series, both sedan and touring versions. The 5-Ser...

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mild hybrid diesel engines:

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 520d 8AT (190 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 520d xDrive 8AT AWD (190 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 530d 8AT (286 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 530d xDrive 8AT AWD (286 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 540d xDrive 8AT AWD (340 HP)

mild hybrid engines:

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 520i 8AT (184 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 530i 8AT (252 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 530i xDrive 8AT AWD (252 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 540i 8AT (333 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 540i xDrive 8AT AWD (333 HP)

hybrid engines:

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 530e 8AT (292 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 530e xDrive 8AT AWD (292 HP)

  BMW 5 Series (G30 LCI) 545e xDrive 290 KW (394 HP)

2016 - 2020

BMW introduced the seventh generation of the 5 Series in late 2016, while the deliveries started in February 2017. Based on the same platform as the brand's flagship model, the 7 Series (G11), the 5 Series gained several technological updates over its predecessor, the F10 lineup. Yet, the silhouette was quite similar, but other significant changes made it a desirable vehicle in the premi...

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2013 - 2016

Over a million units sold from the sixth generation of the BMW 5-Series since its launch in 2010. In 2013 the car received a Life-Cycle Impulse, to help sales. Up until the facelifted version of the sixth generation of the 5 Series, BMW has succeeded to sell more than 5.5 million units of its mid-size executive sedan since its first generation was launched in 1972. Its success was based on pe...

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2009 - 2013

The BMW started manufacturing the 5 Series in 1972. The 5 Series was available in 4 body types: sedan, touring, Gran Tourismo and a 4-door sedan with a longer wheelbase that was only produced for China and the Middle East. The 2010 BMW 5 Series was at its 6th generation and was unveiled by the German automaker on November 23 in Munich. The new generation 5 Series Sedan was developed on a new p...

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2007 - 2009

In 2007, the BMW 5-series received a major update at its mid-life cycle. Besides some minor exterior changes, there were bigger surprises inside and under the hood. The exterior didn't change too much. At the front, the headlights had received clear plastic covers, as well as the turn-signal indicators. The front kidney-grille is flush with the rest of the hood, to offer a refined look o...

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2003 - 2007

While it wasn't a masterpiece of design, the E60 BMW 5 Series was the first 5 series to have the iDrive, the last to have a naturally aspirated M5 version and the generation with the biggest engines in the 5 Series history. In 2003, the Flame-surfacing design theme created by Chris Bangle was the main theme for the BMW lineup. After the 7-Series, the 5-Series was touched by it, and the r...

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2000 - 2003

The fourth generation of the BMW 5-series was unveiled in 2000 in Europe and in 2001 in the U.S. The car was so praised by all the media around the world, that it was hard to be improved. The E39 5-Series was a successful sedan for the German car-maker. It was available with a wide engine choice, both gasoline, and diesel. It was available as a sedan or a station-wagon (named Sports Touring i...

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1988 - 1995

The third generation of the 5-Series was introduced by BMW in November 1987 it's mid-size sedan contender in the premium segment. In the mid-'80s, the battle for the premium mid-size segment was mainly between the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5-Series. By the time when the third generation of the 5-Series was introduced, the two car-makers already took their paths, with BMW goi...

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1972 - 1981

The first generation of the BMW 5-Series was launched in 1972. It represented the natural evolution of the “Neue Classe” introduced by the German car-maker in 1961. The design of the 5-Series was signed by Paul Braq, following the line cues given by Michelotti and Hoffmeister, the designers of the BMW 1500 “New class sedan”. The bold new design was previewed in 1970 in the BMW 2002ti Garmisch...

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