[Video] BMW compares 5 Series generations image

You might see the latest slew of designs from German premium automakers as playing it too close – the E Class from Mercedes and 5 Series from BMW are all very typical of the evolutionary styling treatment.

But BMW has recently endeavored to show us exactly what had changed when comparing the sixth and seventh generations – the three-minute clip shows in detail the transition between the two model generations. The G30 has lots of similarities with the F10, but the video does illustrate better than words could what actually changed and how much. There’s also the incorporation of numerous cues from the new 7 Series, a feature that trickles down more and more also when discussing its rivals – Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

The styling changes are not alone of course, as the drag coefficient has dropped by 10 percent, down to just 0.22 Cd for the 520d EfficientDynamics, and all versions have a standard active air flap with lovers in the wider kidney grille and lower air intakes for additional cooling. In terms of actual size, the new generation is 36 mm longer, 6 mm wider, and 2 mm taller, with a 7 mm longer wheelbase. Inside there’s a new, freestanding iDrive infotainment system with a bigger screen and an all-digital instrument cluster.