Australian specs and pricing have been announced for the updated 2021 BMW 5 Series ahead of a local arrival in October.
BMW will offer the executive sedan in 520i, 530i, 530d, 530e PHEV, M550i xDrive and M550i xDrive Pure trim levels with prices starting at $95,900 plus on-road costs.
The entry-level 520i is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine developing 135kW and 290Nm. An eight-speed automatic sends drive to the rear wheels. BMW claims the 520i can sprint from 0-100km.h in 7.8 seconds.
Moving to the 530i increases the four-cylinder petrol engine’s outputs to 185kW and 350Nm, which also cuts the 0-100 time to 6.1 seconds. As with the 520i, the 530i is equipped with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive.
According to BMW, the petrol engine in the 520i and 530i has been updated and now integrates High Precision Injection – operating at a pressure of 350 bar compared with 200 of the previous unit – which increases efficiency and throttle response.
The diesel-powered 530d uses a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbo unit which produces 195kW and 620Nm of torque. The oiler has also been updated with two-stage turbocharging. It also features an eight-speed auto and rear-wheel drive. BMW says the 530d can sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds.
The 530e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) combines the 135kW/290Nm turbo-petrol engine with an 80kW/265Nm synchronous electric motor, generator and lithium-ion battery pack. In total, the system outputs 215kW and 420Nm, an increase of 30kW on the outgoing car for up to 10 seconds thanks to the new XtraBoost function activated by the ‘Sport’ mode.
BMW claims the 530e has an electric driving range of up to 67 kilometres and runs from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds.
Until the new M5 Competition arrives, the M550i xDrive will act as the flagship model. It features a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that develops a hefty 390kW and 750Nm. It’s matched with an eight-speed automatic and the xDrive all-wheel drive system. It can dash from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds. The stripped-back M550i xDrive Pure uses the same powertrain.
Scroll down to see each grade’s equipment highlights.
The new 5 Series is available to order now with deliveries set to commence in October.
2021 BMW 5 Series pricing (excludes on-road costs):
520i - $95,900
530i - $115,900
530e PHEV - $118,900
530d - $125,900
M550i xDrive Pure - $137,900
M550i xDrive - $152,900
Equipment highlight:
M Sport Package
19-inch alloy wheels
Adaptive LED headlights
High Beam Assist
Driving Assistant Professional
Android Auto + Apple CarPlay
Ambient lighting
Comfort Access
Connected Package Professional
DAB Digital radio
Speed Limit Info
Electric seat adjustment
Head-Up Display
HiFi 12-speaker sound system
Sensatec instrument panel
Leather Dakota upholstery
Parking Assistant Plus
BMW Live Cockpit Professional
Wireless charging
Steptronic automatic transmission
530i and 530d (additional specification over 520i)
Automatic tailgate
Heated seats, front
Lumbar support, front
Adaptive suspension
harman/kardon surround sound system, 16 loudspeakers
M Sport brakes
Sports Automatic Transmission
Note: specification mirrored on 530d
530e (additional specification over 530i)
eDrive Services
Convenience charging cable
Acoustic protection for pedestrians
M550i xDrive (additional specification over 530i)
20-inch alloy wheels
M Performance tuning
M Sport differential
Tyre repair kit
Adaptive M Suspension Professional
Automatic Air-Con, 4-Zone
M rear spoiler
Soft-close function for doors
Leather instrument panel
Ambient Air
Electric glass sunroof
BMW Laserlight
Metallic paint
Note: the following items are removed for M550i xDrive Pure:
Roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering
BMW Laserlight inc. BMW Selective Beam
Electric glass sunroof
Metallic paintwork
Soft-close function for doors
Instrument panel finished in leather
Ambient Air
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