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New BMW 5 Series Arrives Down Under

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New BMW 5 Series to offer better value and self-driving tech as standard

BMW Australia has confirmed pricing and the model line-up of the all-new BMW 5 Series range which will go on sale from the 18th of March.

Starting with the 520d priced from $93,900 and stretching to the 540i priced as $135,900 – there’s no official word on the new M5 as yet – standard equipment will include an advanced self-driving system, parking assistance systems and a revamped version of BMW’s iDrive infortainment system.

BMW calls its autopilot system Driving Assistant Plus, and the package includes cameras mounted around the car to ensure the car doesn’t drive itself into things, Steering and Lane Control Assistant allows drivers to steer hands free for up to 30 seconds.

To help prevent drivers exceeding speed limits in nanny states, the adaptive cruise control has an inbuilt speed limit function and it can even drive itself in peak hour traffic. Drivers should still probably keep their eyes on the road, though.

Those surround cameras should make parking easier too.

LED headlights are standard on the 520d, more expensive models get LED headlights with cornering and automatic highbeam.

Inside, BMW’s iDrive system has come in for an overall, and BMW has renamed the system iDrive 6. The systems various functions are displayed as apps, arranged on the system’s 10.25 inch touchscreen display, with the traditional circular controller and a touchpad that allows occupants to scrawl commands with their fingers.

Gesture control is also optional. There’s also wireless charging, and two phones can be paired via Bluetooth at once.

There’s also a heads up display and 530i models and above get a 12.3 inch multi-functional instrument cluster with a number of settings that a suited to the driver’s mood.

There are a number of different apps available with the 5 Series, noteworthy of which is the BMW Connected app, which can send instructions to the car’s nav system in advance along with synching with the one’s calendar so it can send you reminders when to leave so you make your next appointment on time. Handy if you’re a busy person who does business.

Models from the 530i and beyond will get niceties such as Dakota leather –the 540i gets Nappa, automatic boot lid, and M steering wheel and a Harmon/Kardon stereo. The 540i adds seat heating and cooling, an in car deodoriser with a choice of eight scents and electric rear blinds.

A 5 Series being a 5 Series, handling and dynamism were important factors with the new BMW 5 Series. As such, some models are up to 95kg lighter than their predecessors courtesy of ample use of materials such as aluminium, and 530i and 530d models get adjustable dampers, and the daddy 540i gets fully adjustable suspension.

An overview of the new BMW 5 Series range:

BMW 5 Series Australian pricing:

BMW 520d $93,900
BMW 530i $108,900
BMW 530d $119,900
BMW 540i $136,900

All prices are inclusive of government charges and on road costs.

Specifications:

BMW 520d

8-Speed Automatic 1,995 cc, 4-Cylinder 140 kW / 400Nm, Fuel Type: Diesel Consumption: 4.3 l / 100km CO2: 114 g / km
0-100kmh: 7.5 sec

BMW 530i

8-speed Sport Automatic 1,997 cc, 4-Cylinder, 185 kW / 350Nm, Fuel Type: Petrol Consumption: 5.8 l / 100km CO2: 132 g / km
0-100kmh: 6.2 sec

BMW 530d

8-speed Sport Automatic 2,993 cc, 6-Cylinder, 195 kW / 620Nm, Fuel Type: Diesel Consumption: 4.7 l / 100km CO2: 124 g / km
0-100kmh: 5.7 sec

BMW 540i

8-speed Sport Automatic 2,998 cc, 6-Cylinder, 250 kW / 450Nm, Fuel Type: Petrol Consumption: 6.7 l / 100km CO2: 154 g / km
0-100kmh: 5.1 sec



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