BMW's updated-for-2013 5 Series range is now in Australia, with upgrades to the sedan, Touring wagon and tall Gran Turismo models.
Responding to the challenge laid down by the re-styled and re-priced Mercedes E-Class, BMW has added more features to the 5 Series - and sharpened its pencil on pricing.
“With every model in the new BMW 5 Series range available with extended standard specifications, BMW has created a whole new value proposition for the prestige vehicle segment,” BMW Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton, said today.
Exterior styling changes for the updated 5 range are limited to a new front bumper and a subtly-revised grille, along with a number of small accents and highlights at both ends. Integrated indicators now also feature in the side mirrors on all models.
Updates in the cabin include new chrome strip borders on the control display, along with new storage compartments and cup holders in the centre console.
The 5 Series line-up's engines remain largely unchanged, although the 4.4 litre V8 of the top-shelf 550i models picks up a significant power boost - now producing 330kW and 650Nm - up by 50kW and 50Nm.
BMW says the 0-100km/h time for the 550i sedan has been cut from 5.0 to 4.6 seconds, while fuel use falls 17 percent to 8.6 l/100km.
Opening the 2013 range are the 520i and 520d sedans, benefiting from a number of feature upgrades for the new model year.
On the safety front, there's dynamic stability control system, active headrests and an active protection system, and six airbags.
Standard features include Bi-Xenon headlights, LED fog lights and anti-dazzle interior rear-view mirror. There's also cruise control with braking function, a speed limiting device, front and rear park distance control and reversing camera.
The 520 models also get Dakota leather trim with electric front seats, leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles, extended two-zone automatic climate control, and a through-loading port behind the 60:40 split-folding rear seats.
The 520d Touring also gets an automatic tailgate, sunblinds for the rear windows, and Parking Assistant.
Moving up to the 528i adds Adaptive LED headlights, anti-dazzle mirrors inside and out, “hands free” boot-lid, multifunction instrument cluster, harman/kardon surround sound system and DAB + digital radio, surround view and 19 inch alloy wheels.
BMW's driving assistant is also on-board, adding warnings for lane departure, forward collision and pedestrian alert, with light city braking function and head-up display.
The 535i and 535d models offer the same features as the 528i, while adding Parking Assistant and bigger brakes to match their more powerful engines.
The Activehybrid 5 again carries the same features as the 528 and 535 models, but adds four-zone climate control, a greater information spread in the multifunction instrument cluster, and hybrid-specific 18-inch light alloy wheels.
At the top of the tree is the 550i performer, featuring harman/kardon surround sound system and DAB + digital radio; Adaptive LED headlights, a BMW Individual instrument panel finished in leather.
The 550i also has the same Driving Assistant package featured in the 528 and 535 models.
Importantly, BMW has cut nearly $20,000 from the price of the 550i, now positioned at $159,900 plus on-roads.
Depending on model, updates to the 5 Series Gran Turismo include Driving Assistant, 19- or 20-inch wheels, four-zone climate control, adaptive LED headlights, surround-view camera and anti-dazzle mirrors.
All models now also get either Luxury Line or Modern Line 'finishing' package, adding styling elements to match the buyer's preferences.
The Modern Line pack adds B-pillar and mirror base trims in gloss black, matte chrome exhaust tips, rear bumper embellisher and front air inlet surrounds.
There's also illuminated aluminium door sill trims and a chrome film to the front grille. The window recess trims are satinated aluminium.
Opt for the Luxury Line and there's unique alloy wheel designs that range in size from 18 to 20 inches depending on the model, along with chrome finishes to the exhaust, grille, window recess covers, bumper, tailgate and door handle trims.
The familiar M Sport package is also available, adding sports suspension (excluding ActiveHybrid 5), sports seats (550i keeps comfort seats) and M leather sports steering wheel, along with 19-inch sports alloys on sedan and Touring models and 20-inch alloys for Gran Turismo models.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- BMW 520i Sedan $79,900
- BMW 520d Sedan $82,400
- BMW 528i Sedan $97,400
- BMW 535i Sedan $116,900
- BMW ActiveHybrid 5 $119,900
- BMW 535d Sedan $121,900
- BMW 550i Sedan $159,900
- BMW 520d Touring $90,900
- BMW 535i Touring $122,900
- BMW 520d Gran Turismo $93,900
- BMW 530d Gran Turismo $108,900
- BMW 535i Gran Turismo $117,900