As expected, Bmw revealed today the 2011 520d, an entry-level version of its latest sedan powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable to deliver an impressive fuel consumption of 57.6mpg (54.3mpg) and unrivalled emission levels of 129g/km (137g/km for automatic transmission-equipped cars).
Although many of you would believe that this engine is way too small for the new sedan, Bmw says that its 184 hp delivered at 4,000rpm and 380Nm from 1,900 to 2,750rpm are enough to push the car from 0 to 62 mph in just 8.1 seconds while the top speed achieved is 141 mph.
The engine can be mated to a manual transmission fitted with an Auto Start-Stop function but also to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
If the 520d is not enough for you, then you can choose the 530d with its 3.0-liter engine and 204 hp, the 530d with 245 hp and 44.8 mpg in combined cycle or the 535d flagship which will come with 300 hp, a naught to 62 mph time of 5.7 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph and an impressive 46.3mpg.
Or you can also choose the 528i and 523i which have a version of High Precision Direct Injection with a greater focus on efficiency delivering 36.2mpg and 37.2mpg. The most powerful version of the 5-Series is the 550i which comes with the winning twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 delivering 407hp.
BMW EfficientDynamics technologies include features like the Electric Power Steering and the Brake Energy Regeneration. It also has the active cooling air flaps, on-demand operation of the accessory drives of the engine, and gearshift point indicator.
These can be expected in all BMW models although it will be in applicable combinations. In addition, to make sure that the vehicle is not just balanced but also has a lower overall weight, lightweight materials were used.
Thus the front fenders, suspension assemblies, hood, and doors are all made from aluminum. For the BMW 5-Series, the driver assistance systems come with the Parking Assistant and Top View cameras. The Frontal Collision Warning works with the Active Cruise Control and the Stop & Go to apply the brakes when needed.
Other features of the driver assistance are the Head-Up Display, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. For those who need to travel at night, there is the BMW Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection. The launch of the BMW 5-Series Sedan is just the latest chapter in the brand’s success story.
With five generations, the BMW 5-Series has reported overall sales of more than 5.5 million units. The BMW 7-Series meanwhile has new vehicle architecture, the same one used to develop the latest model.
Both the BMW 5-Series Sedan and the BMW 7-Series will be manufactured at its Dingolfing Plant. With widespread use of shared components, it is assured that production will be efficient and will follow the highest quality standards.