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All-new BMW 5-Series (G60) makes splash in PH

Priced at P4,990,000 for the 520i and P5,790,000 for the i5

The new 5er comes in both gasoline and electric flavors. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

It was inevitable for BMW Philippines to bring in the sharp-looking G60 5-Series both in gasoline and electric forms. In a rather poetic unveiling location at the Fifth at Rockwell (which is, of course, on the fifth floor), we get to say hello to the 520i and the i5 eDrive40 midsize luxury sedans.

The former is priced at P4,990,000, and the latter goes for P5,790,000.

It's conservatively styled, and is still a very handsome executive saloon. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Unlike its other radical-looking siblings, the new 5ers that we get come in a more elegant, understated spec. No M Sport appearance package here.

You have traditional-shaped LED headlights both flanking the BMW kidney grille, which also comes with the Iconic Glow lighting.

It's worth taking a closer look at the G60 5-Series. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Because of its electric sibling, the G60 also comes with flush-mount door handles, and 19-inch wheels that are either aerodynamic (for the i5) or triplex-spoke (for the 520i).

Available colors are Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Cape York Green, Oxide Gray, Phytonic Blue, and Sophisto Gray.

A no-nonsense interior fit for the executive. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The all-new minimalist digital interior of the 5-Series features black quilted Veganza upholstery across both models, making it the first fully vegan cabin in the local lineup. It can be found on the sports seats (for five), the dashboard, the door panels, and the steering wheel.

There's barely any feature differences between the two models. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Other niceties also include wireless charging, a four-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and the BMW Interaction Bar, which is this crystal-like strip across the dashboard that houses both the contextual ambient lighting and the touch-sensitive control panels for various vehicle functions.

Yes, BMW's future is all about minimalism and connected tech. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

This also has the new BMW Curved Display that melds a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen that’s powered by BMW Operating System 8.5.

This features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, the Intelligent Personal Assistant, and the BMW ConnectedDrive services.

Recently introduced on the i4, it will allow you to remotely control vehicle functions and monitor the vehicle directly from your smartphone.

The 520i features the tried-and-tested in-line-four gasoline mill. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

For the 520i, it comes with an electrified 2.0-liter in-line-four turbo gasoline engine with 48V mild-hybrid tech.

It generates 208hp and 330Nm, sending it to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The top speed is 230km/h, and the 0-100km/h sprint takes 7.5 seconds.

Meanwhile, you can feel the future with the i5. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

As for the i5 eDrive40, it has a single rear-mounted electric motor that churns out 340hp and 430Nm with a maximum speed of 193km/h and a 0-100km/h time of six seconds flat. Range from the 81.2kWh battery is up to 582km.

Which one will you be getting? PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

As expected, both have a variety of safety and driving-assistance systems, with the i5 eDrive40 adding lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and an enhanced parking assistant.

Both also have a five-year comprehensive warranty, with the i5 eDrive40 having a six-year BMW Service Inclusive package, an eight-year battery warranty, and a BMW Wallbox home charger with free installation.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.