BMW Asking $600 to $1000 More for New 2017 5-series

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BMW is replacing most of its cars’ “28” and “35” trunklid suffixes with “30” and “40” for 2017, and with that change the numbers that really matter—the ones on the window sticker—are also climbing. For the redesigned 2017 5-series, the new base level is $52,195.

The rear-wheel-drive 530i sedan is up $1000 over the 2016 528i, although, as is the case with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300, BMW is becoming somewhat more generous with the car’s standard equipment. You can deep-dive into the engine, chassis, and interior changes here and here, but Bimmer buyers probably will be most interested in the new 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, sport seats, black anthracite headliner, forward-collision alert, driver attention monitor, and a system that quickly preps the cabin for an impending crash. None of those features are standard fare on the 2016 version.

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Step up to the 540i, with its thrumming turbocharged inline-six—you’ll be glad you did—and the bottom-line figure is $57,445 before options. That’s $600 dearer than the outgoing 535i. Choosing all-wheel drive (BMW’s xDrive) on either a four- or a six-cylinder 5-series adds $2300, just as it did for 2016. No other option pricing has been released.

The first models arrive at BMW showrooms in early February. Should you express your interest now, you just might convince the dealer to order a 5-series in a color other than black or gray. BMW hasn’t announced pricing for the plug-in-hybrid 530e iPerformance or the 456-hp M550i, both of which will be 2018 models and won’t launch until spring.

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