BMW has introduced a new entry-level model into its 5 Series Gran Turismo line-up, in the form of the new diesel-powered 520d GT.
Along with the new entry point into the GT range, BMW has also given the up-spec 530d a power boost, while adding new features and options across the line-up.
2013 BMW 520d GT
Confirmed by TMR earlier this year, the 520d Gran Turismo enters the line-up beneath the existing 530d GT diesel and the range-topping 535i GT petrol.
For buyers looking to get into the high-riding four-door coupe, the coming of the 520d GT cuts the cost of entry into the GT range by more than $13,000.
Power for the 520d GT is provided by the same 2.0 litre turbodiesel that drives the 520d sedan, delivering 135kW and 380Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption is listed at 5.3 l/100km, while CO2 emissions are rated at 139g/km. BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 8.9 seconds.
2013 BMW 530d GT
The existing six-cylinder 530d model has also picked up an update for 2013, gaining a power boost from 180kW and 540Nm, to 190kW and 560Nm of torque.
Despite the extra dollop of power, the addition Auto Start Stop and and electronic power steering has contributed to lower fuel consumption figures - dropping from 6.5 to 5.8 l/100km.
2013 BMW 5 Series GT Range: New Features
Across the 5 GT range, BMW's Driving Experience Control is now standard, adding the Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes to all models.
Accessed via a switch next to the gear lever, and depending on specification, the driving modes allow three choices of predefined steering, suspension and drivetrain configurations.
Safety features have also been upgraded, with the Active Protection Safety Package now fitted as standard.
The APSP system identifies potential collisions either through the font-mounted camera, or by radar, along with deliberate emergency braking or distinctive understeering or oversteering.
The system activates at 18km/h, tightening the seatbelt to eliminate slack. In a critical situation, the front seatbelts are tightened and the side windows and sliding sunroof closed.
In the event of an unavoidable collision, the system automatically slows the vehicle down. After the collision, the vehicle is brought to a halt through maximum braking force and then held for an additional 1.5 seconds, reducing the likelihood of a secondary collision.
BMW's Parking Assistant also joins the options list, along with a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The 5 Series GT range can also be had with BMW's M Sport package, adding sport suspension, sports seats, M aerodynamics package, 20-inch M alloy rims, BMW Individual roof liner and High Gloss shadow line trim.
The package also includes an M Sports steering wheel with gear shift paddles.
- 2013 BMW 520d GT - $89,900
- 2013 BMW 530d GT - $103,500
- 2013 BMW 535i GT - $109,400
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