The new BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon, which will arrive in September, is 10% more fuel-efficient than its rivals. And it sets this benchmark for efficiency without having to reduce the output (184hp or 380Nm of torque) of its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. BMW engineers are targeting the UK business market when they designed the car., which has a fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km. This means that the car has a tax benefit band of just 13%.
The BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon features the standard Auto Start-Stop, Optimum Gearshift Indicator, Brake Energy Regeneration and Active Aerodynamics. In addition, it has a longer final drive ratio to cut engine revs at highway speeds and has low rolling resistance tires that are covered in Streamline-design alloy wheels.
This enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in just 8.2 seconds. The 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon comes with BMW’s new ECO-PRO Mode. Driving is made comfortable and efficient at low speeds as a driver-activated switch adjusts the engine mapping, throttle sensitivity, automatic gearshift points, and the amount of power used by electrical ancillaries such as climate control and heated seats. The new model has a starting price of £30,435 OTR.
As the new 5-Series Sedan from BMW makes its official debut, it opens the latest chapter in the brand’s already successful story. Already in its fifth generation, total sales for the 5-Series have reached in excess of 5.5 million units. For the latest iteration, the brand made use of the vehicle architecture that is also present in the BMW 7-Series luxury sedans. Both the 7-Series and the 5-Series Sedan are manufactured at the brand’s Dingolfing, facility.
It is at this same facility that shared components were made as well to make sure that production is efficient and high quality is maintained. The BMW 5-Series Sedan has the proportions that are standard for BMW especially with the aft-set greenhouse, short overhangs, and the long hood and wheelbase. IT even has that roofline that flows the same way a coupe does. By having a more wedge-like shape, it gives it that forward-moving and athletic quality.
There is something new in the 5-Series Sedan though as the Hofmeister kink that is at lower part of the C-pillar, a BMW signature, comes with a new interpretation. The profile is balanced well and gives a clear sign that it has an almost perfect weight distribution between the front and rear, regardless of what engine is equipped. As mentioned earlier, the wheelbase is long compared to other vehicles in its segment at 116.9 inches, or around 2.97 meters. In terms of sculptural design, the 5-Series Sedan continues to have that unique BMW quality especially with how smooth the lines flow from the front then going to the sides and all the way to the rear.
It also results in a body that fits together as if coming from a single mould. One of the highlights in the 5-Series Sedan is the various driver assistance systems being fitted to it. Examples of this include the Top View cameras and the Parking Assistant. It even has the Frontal Collision Warning which works in conjunction with the Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go to apply the brakes when needed. Then there are also the Blind Spot Warning, BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection, Head-UP Display, and Lane Departure Warning.
The 5-Series Sedan will also be equipped with the BMW EfficientDynamics technologies which are used for different combinations of systems depending on the model. These include the active cooling air flaps, gearshift point indicator, and the on-demand operation of its engine accessory drives. Electric Power Steering and Brake Energy Regeneration are examples as well. In order to make sure that the vehicle has a low overall weight and give that perfect balance, lightweight materials are utilized.
As such, the suspension assemblies, front fenders, hood, and even doors, are composed of aluminum. In terms of the design on the exterior, the front can be described as appealing, with the rear being muscular and the sides made elegant. Starting from the front, it is much more expressive, giving it sporty quality. The kidney grille stands upright and when looked at from certain angles, it looks as if it is leaning forward as it signifies the sedan’s forward-pushing motion.
When combined with the flared and powerful wheel arches, it results in the front having a stronger appeal. Integrated to the daytime running lights are the LED corona rings which work well with the BMW Adaptive Xenon headlights, though these headlights are offered as an option with the 528i. Its direction indicators are each composed of ten LED units and have been placed farther on the outside. Each of the headlight units has the LED focus light marks on its upper edge.
Running on the car, and on the same height, is the outstanding contour line on top of which is the flared shoulder surface. When mixed with the roofline like that of a coupe and the window surface that has been extended, it results in the passenger cell’s glassy section having a light and even a lengthened appearance in spite of its size. As one looks downwards on the body, the concave modeled surfaces produce a light and shade effect which highlights its athletic characteristics. Since the wheel arches in the rear have a greater arc, it provides a testament of the rear-wheel drive that is expected from a BMW model.
Improving the already dynamic lines is the compact counter-swing that is at the bottom part of the C-pillar. In fact, it has what can be considered as the smallest radius to be observed in a BMW sedan. By reinterpreting the Hofmeister kink, it underscores the extended profile of the 5-Series Sedan and allows the passenger cell to have a low and light look. The contour lines and the sill lines run parallel to each other which then go up energetically.
In particular, the contour lines start from the wheel arch on the front and then go all through the rear lights in order to make that dynamic and elegant expression when looked at from its side. As expected from a BMW, the sculptural shape results in the rear end and the side sections flowing into each other. Going back to the contour lines, it goes all the way to the curves of the light clusters in the rear and then come together on top of the license plate.
When viewed from the back, the 5-Series Sedan is able to stick out as it has that uniquely recognizable waist. This is mainly due to the concave surface that is in the middle of the wheel arches and the contour line. Because of the rear end’s horizontal breakdown and the wide wheel arches, it gets a highly powerful figure. The wheels and the wide track end the flush with the wheel arches emphasizing this effect even further. The light clusters in the back follow an L-shape, which once again displays the standard appearance of the BMW. It even gives it that unmistakable night design. Still on the qualities of the BMW, the vehicle has LED lights in three rows which shape that homogenous look of glowing bodies. Finally, both the brake lights and the direction indicators make use of LED technology.