Innovation was at the forefront of BMW's presentation, also unveiling several BMW Efficient Dynamics concepts.
The 5 series launches with a comprehensive set of engines and drivetrains available. The sixth generation of 5 Series is set to woo potential buyers with a choice of one eight-cylinder engine, three six-cylinder petrol engines and two six-cylinder diesel engines.
Power ranges from 150kW for the entry level six-cylinder, through to 300kW for the range-topping V8.
On the diesel front, the entry level 520d features a 135kW, four-cylinder diesel that is fitted with the Auto Stop Start technology, giving it an unparalleled advantage in its segment.
While all models come with a six-speed manual standard, an eight-speed automatic is available as an option across the range, except on the 550i, where it is standard fitment.
Although Australian specifications haven't been announced yet, you can expect to see the 5 Series launched with the entire range of engines.
The 5 Series Active Hybrid concept looks to further the 5 Series fuel economy by integrating a hybrid drivetrain. The 'mild hybrid' would look to reduce fuel consumption by around 10 percent, which isn't breathtaking, but a great example of fuel efficiency gains by virtue of modern technology.