BMW India today launched the new 5 Series, with prices at Rs 49.9 lakhs for the 530i Sport Line, going up to Rs 61.3 lakhs for the 530d M Sport. To be manufactured at BMW’s Chennai plant, the seventh generation 5 Series will be available in both petrol and diesel variants. Customers can chose between three design schemes – Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport.
The 3.0 l six-cylinder diesel engine of the 530d produces an output of 265 hp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 620 Nm between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm. The car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds to a top speed of 250 km / hr. The 2.0 l petrol four-cylinder of the 530i produces a maximum power of 252 hp at 5200 rpm and a peak torque of 400 Nm between 1750 and 2500 rpm. The new 5 Series comes with eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and is available with steering wheel paddle shifters.
Both the petrol and diesel engines are borrowed from BMW’s EfficientDynamics family to provide more spirited power delivery and spontaneous responsiveness even at low engine speeds. Being equipped with BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology, these engines comply with the BS IV emission standards, while offering enhanced performance levels.
In terms of safety features, the new 5 Series comes equipped with six air bags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), side-impact Protection, Runflat tyres (RFT) with reinforced sidewalls, electronic vehicle immobiliser, crash sensor and integrated emergency spare wheel.
In order to aid driving dynamics, the new BMW comes with a Driving Experience Control switch, which enables the driver to select between different driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport+, ECO PRO and Adaptive), depending upon the driving conditions. It also comes with a Dynamic Damper Control feature, which improves drive quality through suspension aids, which stabilise irregularities on the road.
BMW has opted for a Lightweight Construction for the body, leading to a weight reduction of up to 70 kg compared to its predecessor. Assisting these are features such as a 50:50 weight distribution, low centre of gravity, automatic start/stop function, brake energy regeneration and electronic power steering.