The 2011 BMW 528i, 535i and 550i Models
5 Series 2011 Editions
The new 5 Series variations for 2011 will offer improved fuel efficiency, conventional styling, and a longer wheelbase. The trim levels that will be available are the 528i, 535i, and the 550i versions.
Interior and Exterior
The general appearance of both the interior and exterior borrows a lot from its older sibling the 7 Series. The materials used within the cabin are very good quality. Replacing the old style cup-holders are the new and more traditional console mounted style cup-holders. Standard features within the interior include a front seats with integrated 10 way power function, tilt/telescoping steering column, and the incorporation of BMW's "Black Panel " technology, this enables the climate control readouts to display from dark panels. Optional features include the iDrive with integrated navigation system, this also has a large 10.2 inch display with an impressive pixel resolution of 1280x480. This is also available without the navigation system, with its main function to control audio and vehicle setup configurations. But, it has to be noted that the display is reduced to 7 inches and only has a pixel resolution of 800x400. Another optional feature is a 60/40 split folding rear seat.
The actual wheelbase of the 5 Series has been increased by roughly 3 inches. On the front fascia of the vehicle situates the signature kidney grilles, these have been placed lower and also protrude forward a little. The 535i and 550i variations are equipped with 18 inch alloy wheels as standard, whilst the 528i version comes with 17 inch wheels as standard. Although an upgrade that incorporates summer performance tires and larger wheels are optional with the "Sports Package". Adaptive xenon headlights are standard for both the 535i and 550i variations, and optional for the 528i version.
Power and Safety
Installed within the 528i is a 3.0 liter 6 cylinder engine outputting 240 horsepower; the 535i is equipped with a slightly more powerful turbocharged 3.0 liter 6 cylinder engine which runs at 300 horsepower; and finally the 550i has the twin turbo V8 4.4 liter engine that produces 400 horsepower. All 3 model variations will be equipped with an 8 speed automatic transmission as standard, while a 6 speed manual transmission will be optional for both the 535i and 550i variations.
Some optional features that are available include; BMW's "Adaptive Drive" system, which also incorporates "Active Roll Stabilization", this is available with the "Sports Package". "Active Steering" which alters the steering rations, and adaptive cruise control are also optional extras.
5 Series safety features include; front side impact airbags and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system, active head restraints are all standard. A few optional safety features are available, these are; adaptive cruise control which also has a collision warning system installed, blind spot warning system, and the lane departure warning system.