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  • Significantly enhanced standard specification across the new BMW 5 Series range
  • Updated exterior with fresh design highlights
  • Increased performance and efficiency for the BMW 550i
  • BMW Luxury Line and Modern Line available for the first time
  • Adaptive LED headlights available for the first time on the new BMW 5 Series

First released in 2010, the current BMW 5 Series sedan has been a game changer, the catalyst for a rebirth of the prestige large vehicle segment in both the international and local vehicle markets. Joined soon after by the versatile Touring and the unique Gran Turismo variants the BMW 5 Series range has sold well over one million vehicles worldwide and has brought new levels of driving pleasure, technology, style and refinement to consumers that rival brands have struggled to meet.

In 2013, the iconic BMW 5 Series range is about to break the rules again.  Details of the significant mid-lifecycle update were announced by BMW Group Australia, and it is clear the company is determined to surprise and delight prestige vehicle customers and expand the appeal of the segment.  

The overall vision of the new BMW 5 Series has been to deliver precise modifications to the design with enhanced engine performance and innovative BMW ConnectedDrive technologies to raise the appeal of the BMW 5 Series range even further.

And the best news for Australian consumers came with an announcement from BMW Group Australia confirming a significant increase in specifications, right across the entire new BMW 5 Series range. 

According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, the enhancements and revised pricing structure now represent the zenith of style, comfort and performance – as well as amazing value for the new BMW 5 Series range.

“The current BMW 5 Series sedan has been so successful here in Australia, easily leading its segment for the last couple of years.

“Now, with every model in the new BMW 5 Series range available with increased standard specifications, BMW has created a whole new value proposition for the prestige vehicle segment,” said Horton.

The mid-lifecycle update for the BMW 5 Series range brings with it refreshed exterior styling along with some interior refinements.

Additional contour lines create a slightly sharper sporting edge around the signature kidney grille and a restructured lower air intake in the front bumper apron highlights new standard LED fog lights.  Redesigned rear lights, as well as an additional crease in the rear bumper strengthen the appeal at the rear of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and Touring models.

Updates to the interior include high-quality chrome strip borders on the control display as well as increased capacity for storage compartments and cup holders in the centre console.

The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo receives similar styling updates to the front, with a revised air intake in the front bumper apron which also features the now standard LED fog lights. However, the biggest updates have been reserved for the rear of this unique car, with a new and extended tailgate creating a longer and more dynamic silhouette. This effect is further enhanced by revised two-section tail lights and updated styling cues around the license plate holder and rear bumper, providing an elegant and sporty appeal.

All new BMW 5 Series models now have side indicators integrated into the exterior mirrors.

Performance and efficiency in the updated BMW 5 Series range has increased, particularly in the acclaimed BMW 550i.

This vehicle is now equipped with a new generation 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which incorporates BMW’s VALVETRONIC variable valve control system.  The new technology package boosts the maximum power output by 10 per cent to 330 kW from 5,500 rpm to 6,000 rpm, and increases maximum torque to 650 Nm, now available between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. The increased output propels the 550i from 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, nearly half a second faster than the outgoing engine.

While there’s no doubt these styling and performance updates will receive a positive reception from BMW’s extensive consumer base, the tour-de-force of the new BMW 5 Series update is the comprehensive – and generous – re-packaging of every model in the range.

Leading the charge are the company’s 5 Series entry level models, the 520i and 520d sedans.  These prestige vehicles feature the full suite of BMW safety features, including dynamic stability control system, active headrests and an active protection system, as well as six airbags to ensure maximum occupant protection.

Standard lighting and driver assistance features include Bi-xenon headlights, LED fog lights and anti-dazzle interior rear-view mirror to ensure optimum visibility for the driver. In addition, features such as cruise control with braking function, a speed limiting device, front and rear park distance control and reversing camera provide excellent speed control measures as well as a high level of awareness during low speed and parking manoeuvres.

The comfort and convenience of occupants is well served in the new BMW 5 Series sedans.  Standard appointments include Dakota leather electric front seats, extended two-zone automatic climate control system, sports leather steering wheel with gear-shift paddles, and a through loading system with a 60:40 split and folding rear seat backrest.

Infotainment excellence is assured with the provision of an impressive array of standard entertainment and connectivity features.  These comprise a 12 speaker Hi-Fi audio system, convenience telephony and extended smart phone connectivity including Bluetooth audio streaming and office functions, USB audio interface, Navigation System professional now with the iDrive touch controller and internet functionality.

The 520d Touring provides the same exceptional standard level of specification and adds automatic tailgate function, sunblinds for the rear side windows and BMW’s parking assistant feature.

Stepping up into the BMW 528i sedan is a rare treat indeed.  In addition to the previously listed standard specifications, the BMW 528i sedan offers several cutting edge technologies. New features include Adaptive LED headlights with anti-glare high beam assist and variable light distribution; interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle function; comfort access system with “hands free” opening of the boot-lid;  driving assistant consisting of lane departure, forward collision and pedestrian warning with light city braking function and head-up display. Also included in the standard specifications for the BMW 528i sedan are a multifunctional instrument cluster, harman/kardon surround sound system and DAB + digital radio, surround view and an upgrade to 19 inch alloy wheels.

Standard specifications for both the 535i and 535d sedans are based on the 528i sedan – however they receive additional features as befits their prestige status.  Both are driven by more powerful engines than the 528i, that deliver increased performance, and, in the case of the 535d, improved efficiency.  These stylish sedans also offer a more powerful braking system and BMW’s parking assistant feature as standard over the 528i.

The 535i Touring boasts an even higher level of standard specification than its sedan sibling with the addition of automatic tailgate function and sunblinds for the rear side windows.

The optional automatic tailgate function, (standard on the BMW 5 Series Touring and Gran Turismo models) allows the ‘hands free’ opening and closing of the boot lid/tailgate when the comfort access feature is additionally selected.

The ActiveHybrid 5, with its powerful yet efficient full-hybrid drive train, has a similarly impressive standard specification list. Incorporating most of the same standard features as the 535i however, the ActiveHybrid 5 also adds a four-zone automatic climate control system and features an instrument cluster with extended contents as well as 18 inch light alloy wheels.

The more powerful and efficient 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo isn’t the only addition to the new BMW 550i. When compared to its predecessor, the BMW 5 Series sedan range topper comes laden with a host of additional features as standard.

These include multifunctional instrument cluster; harman/kardon surround sound system and DAB + digital radio;  Adaptive LED headlights with anti-glare high beam assist and variable light distribution; Driving assistant consisting of lane departure, forward collision and pedestrian warning with light city braking function. Combined with the standard surround-view and parking assistant feature as well as a BMW Individual instrument panel finished in leather, the BMW 550i demonstrates an incredibly high level of standard equipment. This all translates into amazing customer value, especially considering the new BMW 550i will be available from a new price point of $159,900.

The unique BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo likewise benefits from a substantial increase in value with a similar restructure of its standard features.

The 520d Gran Turismo shares a similar level of specification to the entry level sedan and Touring models, which now also feature Bi-xenon headlights, , LED fog lights, full electric seat adjustment and professional navigation with internet access and rear view camera.

Furthermore, the new BMW 520d Gran Turismo features BMW’s Driving Assistant, which includes lane departure warning, forward collision and pedestrian warning with light city braking function; head-up display;  multi-functional instrument display and 19 inch alloy wheels as standard

The 530d Gran Turismo adds 20 inch light alloy wheels, four-zone automatic climate control and Adaptive LED headlights including the anti-glare high-beam assist 
Finally, the top-of-the-range 535i Gran Turismo boasts additional features such as surround view camera, interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle function and comfort access system.

All BMW 5 Series models will now receive either a ‘Luxury line’ or ‘Modern line’ finishing package, designed to add exclusive styling elements and distinctive character to each vehicle.

The ‘Modern line’ adds exclusive features such as B-pillar and mirror base trims in high-gloss black and matte chrome exhaust tips, rear bumper embellisher and front air inlet surrounds.  In addition, ’Modern line’ offers aluminium door sill trims illuminated with BMW designation and the iconic kidney grille is highlighted with chrome film.  The window recess trims are satinated aluminium.

There is also a range of options exclusive to ‘Modern line’ with interior trim and leather upholstery colour changes offered as a no cost option.

The ‘Luxury line’ targets the same vehicle features; however, the package offers a completely different character. This is achieved through different styling of the alloy wheels and chrome finishes to the exhaust, kidney grille, window recess covers, bumper, tailgate and door handle trims. The’ Luxury line’ package also includes specific design alloy wheels that, depending on the model, range in size from 18, 19, or in the case of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, up to  20 inches.

The range of interior and upholstery trim colours on offer for each ‘line’ package differs, and this further enhances the opportunity to individualise each vehicle’s character.

An important feature to the new 5 Series sedan line-up is the optional M Sports Package.  Acclaimed the world over for its impressive sporting heritage, the BMW M brand presents optional packages to enhance the sporty nature and reveal the dynamic DNA of the BMW 5 Series range

This amazing package delivers sharper handling and a more performance oriented ride through M Sport suspension settings (not available for ActiveHybrid 5); BMW sports seats (excluding 550i, which retains the comfort seats) and an M leather steering wheel.

The M aerodynamics package is visually stunning and includes19 inch M double-spoke alloy wheels or 20 inch M Double spoke alloy wheels for the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, as well as a range of exclusive highlights such as anthracite roof lining and M designated door sill finishers.

BMW 5 Series Range Australian Pricing:

Australian MRLP*

 

BMW 520i Sedan

$79,900

BMW 520d Sedan

$82,400

BMW 528i Sedan

$97,400

BMW 535i Sedan

$116,900

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

$119,900

BMW 535d Sedan

$121,900

BMW 550i Sedan

$159,900

   

BMW 520d Touring

$90,900

BMW 535i Touring

$122,900

   

BMW 520d Gran Turismo

$93,900

BMW 530d Gran Turismo

$108,900

BMW 535i Gran Turismo

$117,900

*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) –  if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.