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201311 Oct

new bmw 5 series

 

BMW India has launched a face-lifted version of its popular luxury sedan, the 5 Series. Not only does the new 5 Series have a few cosmetic enhancements and a dose of extra convenience features, BMW India has also overhauled the model range, deleting some variants while adding others.

 

The petrol 523i, which was the only petrol offering in the range previously, has been ejected from the range. The new 5 Series will be available with diesel variants only, which goes a long way to indicate both the market sentiment in India, and BMW’s stance on reacting to the Indian penchant for diesel cars. BMW India had adopted a similar approach when it re-launched the X1, deleting the petrol engines from the line-up and offering it exclusively with diesel powertrains.

The diesel powertrains offered on the new 5 Series include:

 

520d – 1,995cc, 4-cylinder, 185 PS and 380 Nm
525d – 1,995cc, 4-cylinder, 220 PS and 450 Nm
530d – 2,993cc, 6-cyllinder, 260 PS and 540 Nm

 

Note that the new 525d is a 2.0-litre, 4-cyl engine, while the earlier variant with the same designation was a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder powerplant. While the earlier 525d had the regular 8-speed automatic gearbox, the new 525d has the Sport Automatic gearbox, which is also seen on the full-fat 530d. The 530d itself has seen a rise in peak power, from 245 PS earlier to 260 PS now. This has been good enough to knock half a second off its sprint time to 100 km/h, according to the company. The new 530d now gets to 100km/h in a mere 5.8 seconds, serious performance indeed for what is essentially a luxury sedan.

 

The new BMW 5 Series also has a Harman Kardon surround sound music system as standard on all four variants, with the 530d having a 6 DVD changer as extra. The 530d also has head-up display driver information, and a pair of 9-inch screens for rear passengers.

 

BMW India President Philipp von Sahr was emphatic that henceforth the company will not resort to heavily-discounted and de-contented variants to push sales, unlike previously, when the company did adopt exactly such a strategy to gain sales and market share. In fact, the new 5 Series is now more expensive than its closest competitor, the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, itself refreshed a few months ago.

 

All-India ex-showroom prices for the new BMW 5 Series are as follows:

520d Modern – INR 46.9 lakh

520d Luxury – INR 46.9 lakh

525d Luxury Plus – INR 51.9 lakh

530d M Sport – INR 57.9 lakh

 

The 520d Modern and the 520d Luxury are priced identically, and have the same features and kit. The differences lie in the details. To cite an example, the Luxury line comes with traditional chrome accents and wooden trim, while the Modern line has satinated chrome and lighter-coloured veneers on the inside.

 

The new BMW 5 Series will be available in a total of 8 colour options, with two additional colours – Alpine White and Carbon Black – being exclusive to the 530d M Sport. The new and improved 5 Series is available on sale immediately across all BMW dealerships in India.

 

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