BMW UK has announced the first details of the new entry point for the 5 Series range - the new BMW 520d Saloon and Touring. With executive levels of comfort, sprightly performance, frugality and best-in-class cost of ownership, the new 520d may be the entry-level model, but remains an aspirational car for business users and private buyers alike.
Powered by the same 1,995cc diesel engine as the benchmark compact executive BMW 320d, the new 520d Saloon offers 163hp at 4,000rpm and 340Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. This powers the car from standstill to 62mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 139mph. But these levels of performance are not at the expense of consumption and emissions, with the EU4-rated BMW 520d delivering 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 158g/km emissions.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine is mated to a sharp-shifting six-speed manual transmission as standard or, in early 2006, customers will be able to specify an optional six-speed automatic gearbox. The manual transmission fully exploits the combination of diesel power and the 5 Series’ pin-sharp chassis to ensure the 520d remains a true driver’s car.
Customers ordering a standard car receive 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, DSC traction control and eight airbags as standard. The SE specification matches the 523i SE and receives 17-inch alloy wheels with Run-flat tyres, Park Distance Control and automatic dimming rear view mirror. In turn, the specification of the M Sport variant matches the 523i M Sport and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats and body styling enhancements. Exterior paint, interior upholstery and optional equipment choices reflect the existing 5 Series variants.
The new 520d will appeal to both private buyers and business users. With the entire 5 Series range benefiting from low insurance ratings and BMW’s unique Service and Maintenance packages that offer three or five year protection for a one-off payment from £395, the range makes sound financial sense. However, with the 520d’s price entry point of less than £26,000 and unprecedented residual values expected, buyers can have peace of mind that they will have made a sound investment.
The introduction of the new 520d in September 2005 is set to build on the current sales success of the 5 Series range. With over 8,300 5 Series models sold in the first six months of 2005, it outsold its nearest competitor, the Mercedes Benz E-Class, by nearly 2,000 units, the new Audi A6 by 2,600 units and the Jaguar S-TYPE by nearly 4,800 cars.
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