The new BMW 5 Series Touring is fitted as standard with 16" (17" on 545i SE) light alloy wheels fitted with 225 / 55 R16 on 525i SE, 525d SE and 530d SE models (225 / 50 R17 run-flat tyres on the 545i SE). A selection of 17" and 18" alloy wheels are available as options, all featuring run-flat technology. This allows a car with a punctured tyre to be driven fully laden for at least 90 miles at speeds of 50 mph, removing the need for hard shoulder tyre changes. Run-flat tyres also have the added benefit of negating the need for a spare wheel, thereby providing extra storage space and reducing weight.
The new BMW 5 Series Touring is available with a wide range of optional equipment allowing the owner to personalise their car.
BMW’s unique Active Steering system adjusts the amount of steering angle delivered to the front wheels, depending on vehicle speed. At slower speeds, to enhance manoeuvrability, less steering wheel input is required to change the angle of the front wheels. But at higher speeds, the steering becomes progressively more direct, requiring more steering wheel input to change the front wheel angle, thereby assisting high-speed stability. Active Steering is also linked to the DSC system so that if the car detects any oversteer, a small amount of corrective steering angle will be introduced automatically to stabilise the situation. For the enthusiast, this means fewer DSC interruptions under hard cornering with no reduction in passive safety.
Dynamic Drive is also available. Using active anti-roll bars on the front and rear, Dynamic Drive reduces body roll during cornering by up to 80 per cent, thereby stabilising the car and increasing ride comfort. The system does not affect suspension damping, allowing passengers to travel in complete comfort during normal driving conditions.
BMW’s new Head-Up Display system will debut in the new BMW 5 Series Touring in autumn 2004. This driver safety innovation projects a virtual image of important information, such as road speed, cruise control speed and Check Control messages, directly onto the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. With the image appearing to be at the front of the bonnet, the driver does not need to refocus his or her eyes, which helps to reduce driver fatigue. The projection of information is not affected by the exterior lighting conditions since the system automatically adjusts the intensity of the image to suit the ambient conditions.
In combination with bi-xenon headlamps, Adaptive Headlamps are available. Using the speed and steering angle signals from the DSC system, the headlamps can swivel by up to 15 degrees. Hence they illuminate the road ahead rather than the direction in which the car is pointing.
Finally, customers wanting an increased feeling of space inside can opt for the new Panorama sunroof. Unlike a conventional sunroof, this two-panel roof exposes both the front and rear passengers to the benefits of fresh air and sunshine.Published 19 February 2004