BMW 5 Series: New Models, New Engines, Diesel All-Wheel Drive - Standard Features | Part Two

The new engine accelerates the 530d Saloon to 0-62 mph in just 6.8 seconds, giving the car a top speed of 155 mph.

Despite the increase in engine power by 10 kW/13 hp and a flatter, more muscular torque curve, fuel consumption has been reduced to 42.2 mpg in the EU cycle, although engine displacement remains the same as before. And it almost goes without saying that like all BMW 5 Series diesels, the 530d complies in full with the EU4 emission standard thanks to its maintenance-free diesel particle filter fitted as regular equipment.

530xd Saloon/Touring: First 5 Series diesel with all-wheel-drive technology

The new 530xd is the first BMW 5 Series diesel with all-wheel drive, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system ensuring truly outstanding driving dynamics and agility.

With its electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch, BMW xDrive distributes the flow of power between the two axles perfectly within fractions of a second. The data and parameters for controlling the flow of power are delivered by the DSC suspension control system as well as the car’s engine management. As a result, xDrive is able to spread out drive forces perfectly between the front and rear wheels for optimum driving stability and traction.

The 530xd accelerates to 0-62 mph in just 6.6 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU cycle is 37.2 mpg.

520d: The powerful four-cylinder diesel for the BMW Business Class

Starting in autumn, the by far most powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (120 kW/163 hp, 340 Nm/251 lb-ft) in the market will ensure particularly efficient dynamics and performance also in the BMW 5 Series.

Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the 520d Saloon accelerates to 62 mph in just 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 138 mph. But despite this sporting performance, average fuel consumption in the EU cycle is a mere 47.9 mpg.

Starting in early 2006, the 520d is also to be fitted with BMW’s six-speed automatic transmission featuring Steptronic technology.

Further standard features include ABS, DSC complete with DTC and DBC, a tyre defect indicator, eight airbags, air conditioning, and electric window lifts front and rear, as well as a CD radio. The car’s high level of regular equipment is largely the same as in the BMW 523i.

BMW 5 Series with an even wider range of standard features

The 2006 model year BMW 5 Series can be distinguished inter alia by their new iDrive Controller now featuring a black leather cover. A further new feature is the remote control of the luggage compartment lid in the Saloon now opening and closing electrically from the driver’s seat at the touch of a button. And last but not least, an engine start/stop button on the instrument panel now also comes as standard.

The additional safety and comfort functions of BMW’s latest generation of DSC Dynamic Stability Control are likewise standard in all BMW 5 Series as of autumn 2005

New colours, new look, new features

The Monaco Blue, Deep Green and Barbera Red metallic paintwork colours replace Orient Blue, Oxford Green and Chiaretta Red on the BMW 5 Series. The six-cylinder models, in turn, now come with chrome-plated rods in their kidney grille, and the regular seats boast BMW’s new Linea cloth design.

New wheels in parallel styling are available both on the 18-inch mixed-sized tyres of the 5 Series Saloon and on the standard 18-inch tyres of the 5 Series Touring.

ISOFIX child seat fastening including the option to deactivate the front passenger airbag is now also available on the front passenger’s seat.

The 5 Series comes as an option with Comfort Access which, in conjunction with the engine start/stop button, enables the driver to lock and unlock the car and start the engine without even taking the key out of his pocket.

The optional High-Beam Assist, in turn, enhances active safety to an even higher standard than before.

Starting in autumn, the BMW 5 Series will furthermore be available with BMW’s M sports suspension as part of the M Sports Package.

Published 31 July 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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