BMW Introduces 5 Series ES Models And X5 Receives Its First Price Rise

BMW X5 4.6is

Following January’s successful launch of the 318i ES and 320d ES models, BMW Great Britain has launched ES versions of the existing 5 Series range. Offering customers exceptional value for money, specification levels are based upon the respective 520i, 525i, 525d and SE models, with ES cars receiving up to £4,440 worth of additional specification (depending on derivative) for the nominal price of £500.00. The specification details are:

Description 520iES 525i/d ES 520i / 525i/d ES SE
Metallic Paintwork £575 £575 £575
Alloy Wheels (Styling 71) 8Jx17" £2,225 £2,225 £960
Exterior De-Chrome £175 £175 £175
Matt Aluminium Interior Trim £450 £450 £450
Anthracite Headlining £240 £240 £240
M Sports Steering Wheel £465 £75 £75
Sports Suspension Settings £310 £310 £310
No Model Inscription 0 0 0
Total option Value £4,440 £4,050 £2,785
In addition to the ES ‘package’, the full range of normal options, accessories and Individual colours and upholsteries can be specified.

The current 5 Series Saloon continues in production until June 2003, with the Touring remaining in production into 2004. The all-new BMW 5 Series saloon is on sale from 18 September 2003.

First Price Increase For X5 Since Launch

BMW Great Britain has increased the price of the BMW X5 for the first time since its 2000 launch. All models increase by 2.5 per cent. Option prices are unaffected. The new on the road prices are as follows:

Model Basic Price VAT @ 17.5% Retail Price OTR Price
X5 3.0d £28,340.43 £4,959.57 £33,300.00 £33,960.00
X5 3.0d Sport £30,000.00 £5,250.00 £35,250.00 £35,910.00
X5 3.0i £28,340.43 £4,959.57 £33,300.00 £33,955.00
X5 3.0i Sport £30,000.00 £5,250.00 £35,250.00 £35,905.00
X5 4.4i £37,812.77 6,617.23 £44,430.00 £45,085.00
X5 4.4i Sport £38,400.00 £6,720.00 £45,120.00 £45,775.00
X5 4.6is £46,536.17 £8,143.83 £54,680.00 £55,335.00

Launching a completely new category of high performance four-wheel drive cars, the BMW X5 became the definitive Sports Activity Vehicle and set the benchmark that others have aspired to. Its success continues and the X5 3.0d remains forward sold until November 2003. A customer ordering other models would still have to wait until October 2003 for delivery.

All orders received prior to the increase will be ‘price protected’, meaning that the customer will pay the originally agreed price, and not the realigned figure.

The increase is the first pricing action since the BMW X5 was introduced as a 4.4i and 4.4i Sport in October 2000. The 3.0i and 3.0d and their respective Sport models were introduced in January and May 2001, with the range-topping, high performance, 347 bhp X5 4.6iS launched in December 2001. BMW’s Spartanburg production facility in South Carolina, USA has built 272,000 X5’s, with nearly 16,000 already on UK roads. Registrations in the UK in 2002 totalled 6,665 and represented the car’s best selling year to date.

Published : 17/05/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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