Munich, 17 September 2014: It may not be its only strength – far from it – but outstanding efficiency is undoubtedly a BMW 5 Series speciality. Indeed, the model series’ achievements in this area have played a major role in securing its global best selling status at the premium end of the executive class. And now the BMW 5 Series Sedan and BMW 5 Series Touring have set about extending their lead in the efficiency stakes once again. The introduction of a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines improves further on what was already an exceptional balance between performance and fuel economy. The new 2.0-litre units with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology boost the output of the new BMW 518d and new BMW 520d by another 5 kW apiece. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the EU test cycle have been reduced by as much as 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres / 10 grams per kilometre. For example, the new BMW 520d Sedan – which now produces 140 kW/190 hp – burns just 4.7–4.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (60.1–65.7 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 114–124 g/km. If the optional eight-speed Steptronic transmission is specified, these figures improve further to 4.5–4.1 l/100 km (62.8–68.9 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 109–119 g/km, depending on the tyre format fitted.
The new entry-level diesel models – the BMW 518d Sedan and BMW 518d Touring – now offer output of 110 kW/150 hp and peak torque of 360 Newton metres (266 lb-ft). The 140 kW/190 hp variant of the new four-cylinder power unit, meanwhile, boosts peak torque by 20 Newton metres (15 lb-ft) to 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). This version of the engine is fitted in the BMW 520d Sedan and BMW 520d Touring as well as the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan and BMW 520d xDrive Touring models with intelligent all-wheel drive. The likewise updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission is available for the rear-wheel-drive models as an option in place of the standard six-speed manual gearbox, and included as standard on the all-wheel-drive models.
The new four-cylinder diesel engines generate their respective maximum outputs of 110 kW/150 hp and 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm, and their peak torque of 360 / 400 Newton metres (266 / 295 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The increase in output and torque has a noticeable effect on the sporty driving characteristics of the BMW 518d, BMW 520d and BMW 520d xDrive. All the model variants – in both Sedan and Touring guise – accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 0.2 seconds more quickly than their respective predecessors. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox fitted, the new figures are 9.5 seconds for the BMW 518d Sedan (BMW 518d Touring: 9.9 seconds), 7.9 seconds for the BMW 520d Sedan (BMW 520d Touring: 8.1 seconds) and 7.9 seconds for the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan (BMW 520d xDrive Touring: 8.2 seconds).
The advances made in efficiency alongside the optimised power delivery are reflected in fuel economy and emissions unparalleled at the premium end of the executive class. The average fuel consumption of the new BMW 518d Sedan has been reduced to 4.7–4.3 litres per 100 kilometres [60.1–65.7 mpg imp] (BMW 518d Touring: 5.0–4.7 l/100 km [56.5–60.1 mpg imp]). CO2 emissions now stand at 114–124 grams (122–132 grams) per kilometre. The figures for the new BMW 520d Sedan and the new BMW 520d Touring are virtually identical: 4.7–4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (60.1–65.7 mpg imp) and 114–124 grams per kilometre for the Sedan, and 5.0–4.6 litres per 100 kilometres (56.5–61.4 mpg imp) and 122–132 grams per kilometre for the Touring model (as per EU test cycle, depending on tyre format).
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