Spoilt for choice

Finweek English Edition - - ADVERTORIAL BMW - BMW 530i: BMW 540i: BMW 520d: BMW 530d:

The new BMW 5 Se­ries comes in a choice of 21 colours and a se­lec­tion of 17 light al­loy wheels rang­ing in size from 17-inch to 20-inch. A va­ri­ety of leather and wood trim fin­ishes are to be had, in­clud­ing the Sport Line and Lux­ury Line equip­ment pack­ages, which al­low for a tai­lor-made car. A choice of two petrol and two diesel power units with four and six cylin­ders will be avail­able from launch, the BMW TwinPower Turbo en­gines aid­ing in sharper per­for­mance and lower fuel con­sump­tion.

The four-cylin­der petrol vari­ant de­liv­ers 185kW and max­i­mum torque of 350Nm, al­low­ing it to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.2secs and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Con­sump­tion is a fru­gal 5.4 litres/100km* while CO emis­sions are at 141g/km.

The range-top­ping three-litre straight-six gen­er­ates 250kW and a mighty 450Nm, its av­er­age con­sump­tion 6.5 litres/100km*. CO emis­sions come in at 164g/km. The sedan pow­ers from 0-100km/h in just 5.1secs with top speed elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited to 250km/h.

The four-cylin­der diesel has an out­put of 140kW and 400Nm of torque, avail­able with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or eight-speed Step­tronic au­to­matic. Step­tronic fuel con­sump­tion comes in at just 4.0 litres/100km*, with CO emis­sions at 124g/km. The sedan ac­cel­er­ates from 0-100 km/h in 7.7secs, clock­ing a top speed of 237km/h.

TwinPower Turbo tech­nol­ogy has en­dowed the six-cylin­der diesel vari­ant with added dy­namism and ef­fi­ciency, out­put peak­ing at 195kW and torque a for­mi­da­ble 620Nm. De­spite this, the BMW 530d makes do with 4.5 litres of fuel per 100km*. The 530d sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 se­conds, its top speed elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited to 250km/h. CO emis­sions are at 134g/km. Semi-au­ton­o­mous driv­ing fea­tures are de­signed to of­fer un­beat­able sup­port to the driver whether in slow-mov­ing traf­fic or on the high­way. These in­clude au­to­mated steer­ing, lane keep­ing as­sist and lane de­par­ture warn­ing, speed limit as­sist (speed lim­its in­cor­po­rated into the cruise con­trol sys­tem), eva­sion aid (eva­sive steer­ing around ob­sta­cles) and crosstraf­fic warn­ing.


The body struc­ture, a com­bi­na­tion of alu­minium, high-ten­sile steels and mag­ne­sium, has in­creased body strength and tor­sional stiff­ness, which op­ti­mises the safety of oc­cu­pants. Ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion is pro­vided by front and side airbags for driver and pas­sen­ger as well as head airbags for both front and rear seats.

The in­tel­li­gent sedan’s Ac­tive Pro­tec­tion sys­tem de­tects ac­ci­dents be­fore they hap­pen, au­to­mat­i­cally trig­ger­ing a va­ri­ety of oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion mea­sures. In the event of a crash, the crash sen­sor dis­en­gages the cen­tral lock­ing sys­tem and shuts down the fuel pump.

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