BMW 520d: High Efficiency, High Luxury
Motoring Channel Staff - 14/August/2007
This is the European-spec interior. Australian
models will have the steering wheel on the right
Melbourne, Australia —
BMW will launch a new 5 Series model in November, powered by a
2.0-litre diesel engine. The small and highly economic all-alloy
2.0-litre turbo diesel engine joins the throng of other diesel-powered
Beemers currently available in Australia spanning it's small car,
medium car, and SUV ranges.
With the advent of the new model, BMW claims that it "clearly leads the premium diesel market in Australia".
Priced at under $80,000, it's also one of the cheapest 5 Series models in Australia. Pricing is as follows:
BMW 520d: $79,900
Equipped as standard with BMW's 6-speed automatic gearbox, the 520d makes the 5 Series "accessible to an even wider range of Australian
luxury car buyers" says the German company.
Standard features on the BMW 520d are nothing short of comprehensive: high-gloss wood interior trim in Bamboo grain, Poplar brown or Poplar
light, Dakota leather upholstery, Control Display with 6.5-inch colour
monitor and Radio Navigation, Bluetooth preparation, in-dash CD player (CD changer in glove box), USB/Audio
interface, dual automatic climate control, automatic anti-dazzle
interior mirror, multi-function leather steering wheel, on-board
computer, and electric seats.
Safety systems are also A-grade, featuring 8 airbags as standard, along with driving aids such as ABS, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) with ASC+T (Automatic Stability Control Plus Traction). It also gets 16-inch alloy wheels.
Powered by a 4-cylinder diesel engine, the 520d
outputs 125kW @ 4000rpm and 340Nm of torque @ 1750rpm. The
small 4-cylinder engine provides the 5 Series with impressive
pulling power thanks to a variable-geometry turbocharger.
as standard with BMW's 6-speed automatic gearbox, the 520d
is accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 8.6 seconds. It's also very
efficient, one of the most efficient in its class and even rivalling
some small cars in terms of fuel usage: a mere 6.1 litres/100km on the
CO2 outputs are also low, with 162g/km made possible thanks to "the combination of advanced BMW engine
management and the standard exhaust system particle filter".
Now, BMW firmly stamps its mark on the luxury segment with the arrival in November of the new 520d turbo-diesel sedan.
Sports Automatic Transmission. BMW is now offering a new sports gearbox
system on high end 5 Series models. Priced at $1,000, the optional
extra is available on the 530i, 530d and 550i, and adds a 6-speed
automatic transmission which, at the touch of a button, changes the
shifting points of the gearbox and also alters throttle response for
The Sport automatic transmission option also includes a multi-function sport leather steering wheel, featuring paddle shifters.
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