BMW’S 5 SERIES UPGRADED

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An upgraded BMW 5 Series will arrive in Australia in October and sport a facelift, tail-tuck, revisions and to its interior and technology.

The local line-up will start with the 520i, which now features the M Sport package, now fitted as standard on all 5 Series models.

The package includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, M Sport suspension, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, Sport seats, BMW Individual roof-liner in Anthracite, M Aerodynamics Package, M leather steering wheel, M door sills, ‘M’ designation on the front side panels and tailpipe finishers in chrome with a trapezoidal design.

Nineteen inch alloy wheels, Adaptive LED headlights, High Beam Assist and Driving Assistant Professional are now standard on the 520i.

The 520i is powered by a 2.0-litre inline four cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, which produces 135kW and 290Nm, and is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

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The 2.0-litre inline four cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine of the 530i produces 185kW and 350Nm, it is fitted with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission that provides a wider gear ratio spread.

BMW’s advanced 530e Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) matches a 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo with a synchronous electric motor that is fully integrated into the gearbox. It has a generator that recuperates energy back into the high-voltage battery during coasting or braking.

The 530e can be driven in hybrid mode, electric-only mode or petrol-only mode.

When driven in petrol-only mode, the 530e produces 135kW and 300Nm, while the electric motor offers standalone outputs of 80kW and 265Nm.

A new XtraBoost function provides added thrust under hard acceleration whereby the joint output of the two power sources can be increased by 30kW – up to 215kW – for up to 10 seconds. XtraBoost is standard, and available when the Driving Experience Control switch is set to SPORT and the gear selector is moved into the M/S position.

The 530e has an electric-only range of 67km.

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The 530e features a modern Type 2 charging port with the lithium-ion battery chargeable via three different methods: a domestic wall socket with the supplied convenience charging cable, BMW i Wallbox or public charging stations with Type 2 infrastructure.

BMW 530d has the same level of specification as the 530i. Its 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder diesel now features two-stage turbocharging. It produces 195kW and a very handy 620Nm of torque.

The M550i xDrive features a 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 and a rear-biased, fully variable xDrive all-wheel-drive system for optimal traction in all situations.

This focused sports sedan achieves the standard sprint in just 3.8 seconds.

The hot M550i xDrive comes with an extensive list of standard equipment elements, while the M550i xDrive Pure provides the same level of performance but at a lower price point.

MODEL RANGE
520i: $95,900
530I: $115,900
530e PHEV: $118,900
530d: $125,900
M550i xDrive Pure: $137,900
M550i xDrive: $152,900
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local BMW dealer for drive-away prices.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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