Making A Dynamic Appearance In The Business Class: The New BMW 5 Series Saloon - New Technology | Part Three

New BMW 5 Series


Networked - Active Front Steering, Adaptive Headlights, and ACC

Available as optional equipment, the world's first Active Front Steering offers a new level of driving comfort, motoring pleasure and safety on the road. Masterminded electronically, this sophisticated system varies the steering transmission ratio under normal driving conditions at low and medium road speeds, making the steering more direct, reducing the steering effort, and thus significantly enhancing the car's agile performance in city traffic, when parking and in bends. At high speeds, in turn, the steering becomes more indirect and thus provides superior directional stability and a very good, docile steering response. Networked to DSC Dynamic Stability Control, Active Front Steering is able to intervene as soon as the car starts to become unstable by monitoring the yaw rate and changing the steering angle accordingly. This reduces the number of DSC interventions at the lower end of the control range and thus offers optimum control comfort for the driver and his passengers.

Introducing adaptive headlights, BMW is offering yet another networked system in the new 5 Series as an option, thus providing a significant improvement of active safety on the road: With this system, the two bi-xenon headlights are controlled in real time as a function of the steering wheel angle, yaw rate and road speed, perfectly illuminating the road ahead in a bend.

Brake Force Display already homologated for the BMW 7 Series in the USA and now also available in the 5 Series reduces the risk of bumper-to-bumper collisions when the driver applies the brakes hard by enlarging the brake light area. Following completion of the homologation process, the system will also be introduced in other countries and then only requires activation of the software already available.

The new BMW 5 Series comes for the first time with ACC Automatic Cruise Control. This radar-based assistant is specially developed for driving on the motorway, making it much easier, in particular, to drive smoothly in convoys by automatically controlling the distance from the vehicle ahead chosen in advance.

Trendsetting Ergonomics - Controller and Head-Up Display

With its cockpit based on BMW's iDrive philosophy, the new 5 Series is taking on a pioneering role in its class in driver-oriented ergonomics: Most functions essential for motoring are within the driver's immediate reach on or around the steering wheel, whilst the basic comfort functions are in the centre console. All other settings, functions and services are masterminded smoothly and efficiently by the driver or front passenger using the Controller and Control Display specially modified for the 5 Series - as an example, this control system is now featured for the first time together with a gearshift lever in the middle.

The head-up display also featured in a BMW for the first time makes a significant contribution to active safety by presenting information relevant to the driver in his direct line of vision. A further advantage is that the driver can determine himself at any time what information is to be presented on the windscreen, for example his road speed and/or navigation instructions.

The Interior Rhythm and Harmony, More Space and High-Quality, Sophisticated Features

Harmony as the result of clear lines and rhythm ensured by surfaces and contours full of tension act together with a sophisticated range of individualised colours and materials in creating the design language of the car's interior. Customers are able to choose their new 5 Series in five equipment variants and with four worlds of interior colours. The new Saloon offers more space above all at the rear and has a much larger luggage compartment than its predecessor. Standard features include the new automatic air conditioning with adaptive evaporation temperature control preventing the occupants' mucous membranes from growing too cold and drying out and providing individual stratification of temperatures inside the car.

Published 14 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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