BMW 5 Series is BMW's most important car for 2017, says Forbes article

28/12/2016 - 14:01 | ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

Its success will help maintain lead over Merc's booming sales figures.

A Forbes article believes the 2017 BMW 5 Series will be BMW's most important car for the year 2017, given the looming threat from the brand's closest rival - Mercedes Benz.

2017 BMW 5 Series M550i xDrive rear three quarters
The 2017 BMW 5 Series has gone on sale in some markets like the UK, and will have its global rollout next year.

So far, Mercedes has outsold BMW in every quarter of this year, thanks to newer generation products like the Mercedes E-Class (W213) and Mercedes C-Class. BMW, however, hasn't introduced a new 5 Series and 3 Series since 2011 and 2012, respectively. Even though the 7 Series has jumped to the next generation, its design has been met with criticism for looking too familiar to the outgoing model, feels BMW Blog.

The 5 Series is one of BMW's best-selling models in its product lineup, so it's not surprising that the Munich-based manufacturer is counting on the latest gen model (G30) to best Mercedes Benz. According to first drive reviews of the new full-size sedan, the drivability has been vastly improved, and it's claimed to be even more advanced than the 7 Series.

2017 BMW 5 Series vs 2014 BMW 5 Series front quarter
According to first drive reviews of the new full-size sedan, the overall characteristics have been vastly improved over the previous gen.

The new 5 Series is also a key volume player for BMW in the Indian market. It is expected to launch in H1 2017 and, like the current 5 Series, will be assembled at the CKD plant in Chennai. The new 5 Series was recently spied on a transport carrier in Pune.

[Source: Forbes & BMWBlog]

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