The next-generation BMW 5-Series is set to receive a host of features from the latest 7-Series as it goes head-to-head with the overhauled new Mercedes-Benz E-Class arriving soon.

Among the features set to be borrowed by the next-gen 5-Series from the G11/G12 7-Series will be its advanced remote parking feature, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, ambient lighting, an air fragrance system as well as a redesigned keyfob with a smart touchscreen like the 7-Series.

Elsewhere, the new 5-Series will include other key technologies like a WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay compatibility and wireless phone charging. The iDrive touchscreen infotainment system will also be updated while over-the-air updates will also become available. The new 5-Series will also have the capacity to park itself, change lanes and overtake thanks in part to the radar-based cruise control system.

Underpinning the G30 BMW 5-Series will be the newly named Cluster Architecture (CLAR) which will also be featured in future 3-Series, 6-Series and 7-Series generations. The Cluster Architecture will combine aluminium, high-strength steel as well as carbon fibre. With the implementation of the new platform, the next-generation BMW M5 will apparently shed 180 kg over the current car and when combined with an uprated 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 600 hp as well as all-wheel drive, it should be significantly quicker from a standstill.

Engine wise, the new 5-Series will be available with a plethora of straight-six engines one of which will make use of four small turbochargers to power the future BMW M550d with 400 hp beneath the skin. Elsewhere, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine will be made available with 150 hp on tap.

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