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2017 BMW 5 Series on sale in Australia from $93,900, arrives March

December 12, 2016

BMW Australia has confirmed the pricing of the crucial new G30 5 Series, which arrives in local showrooms in March, 2017.

2017 BMW 5 Series

The range opens with the 2.0-litre diesel-powered 520d at $93,900, which represents a $9145 increase over the outgoing model. It is significantly lighter, faster, more economical and better equipped to justify that increase, with 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds and a fuel consumption average of just 4.3L/100km.

The 185kW/350Nm turbo-petrol 530i starts from $108,900, where as the current 528i nudges under the $100k barrier. Again, major improvements in all the aforementioned metrics go a long way to explaining this, with 5.8L/100km, 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds, and a CO2 rating of 132g/km.

The cheapest six-cylinder will be the turbo-diesel 530d priced from $119,900. It comes with a silky 195kW/620Nm 3.0-litre straight six oil burner that returns 4.7L/100km. With 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds, it is almost as quick as the outgoing 535d which costs more than this new variant.

Finally, the top of the tree (for now) is the 540i that utilises a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol straight six of 250kW and 450Nm caliber. This results in a 5.1-second 0-100km/h sprint time while still returning an impressive 6.7L/100km. The 540i will start from $136,900.

2017 BMW 540i-interior

Highlights include optional M Sport packages and Luxury Line options across the range plus the new lightweight chassis that saves up to 100kg in some versions.

BMW’s new Driving Assistant Plus system offers first-in-class autonomous features including cross-traffic and crossroad warning, surround view, panorama view and remote parking assistance. The all-new iDrive system also brings the infotainment system into a new realm of connectivity.

Here is a rundown of the new 5 Series equipment list, with starting prices in brackets (all prices exclude on-road costs):

BMW 520d (from $93,900)

 Powertrain, performance and efficiency

  • 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine
  • Outputs of 140kW and 400Nm
  • Zero to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds
  • Fuel consumption: 4.3L/100km
  • CO2: 114g/km
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission with gearshift paddles
  • Rear-wheel drive

Standard equipment highlights

  • Luxury Line with Chrome Line exterior (optional M Sport Package)
  • LED Headlights
  • 18-inch BMW light alloy wheels
  • Comfort Access
  • Dakota leather upholstery with Sensatec instrument panel
  • Electric seat adjustment for driver and front passenger
  • Electrically-adjustable steering column
  • Navigation system Professional with 10.25-inch Touch Control Display
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • HiFi Loudspeaker system with 12 speakers and DAB+ digital radio
  • BMW Head-Up display
  • Driving Assistant Plus, including Active Cruise with Stop & Go function, front Cross traffic warning, crossroads warning and Lane Keeping Assistant
  • Parking Assistant Plus, including Parking Assistant with Active Park Distance Control to front and rear, Surround View and Panorama View
  • Speed limiter and Speed limit info
  • Airbags including front, full-length sides and head protection integrated in sides and headliner
  • BMW ConnectedDrive with access to BMW Online and BMW Apps for seamless third-party app integration (for example, Spotify). Also includes real-time traffic information, intelligent emergency call, TeleServices, Concierge Services and phone app-based Remote Services

The improved standard equipment equates to around $15,500 of added value when compared to the outgoing BMW 520d.

BMW 530i (from $108,900)

Powertrain, performance and efficiency

  • New 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
  • Outputs of 185kW and 350Nm
  • Zero to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds
  • Fuel consumption: 5.8L/100km
  • CO2: 132g/km
  • Eight-speed sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddles
  • Rear-wheel drive

Standard equipment highlights (in addition to 520d)

  • M Sport Package with M Aerodynamics Package and BMW Individual Aluminium satinated Exterior Line
  • M Sport Brakes
  • 19-inch BMW M light alloy wheels
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Adaptive LED headlights including BMW Selective Beam and High Beam Assist
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Multi-functional 12.3-inch high-resolution colour display with black-panel technology
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system
  • Sports seats with seat heating and lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • BMW Individual anthracite roof liner
  • M leather steering wheel

The BMW 530i’s additional features add up to around $16,000 of added value over the outgoing 528i.

BMW 530d (from $119,900)

Powertrain, performance and efficiency

  • 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine
  • Outputs of 195kW and 620Nm
  • Zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds
  • Fuel consumption: 4.7L/100km
  • CO2: 124g/km
  • Eight-speed sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddles
  • Rear-wheel drive

Standard equipment highlights (in addition to 520d)

  • M Sport Package with M Aerodynamics Package and BMW Individual Aluminium satinated Exterior Line
  • M Sport Brakes
  • 19-inch BMW M light alloy wheels
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Adaptive LED headlights including BMW Selective Beam and High Beam Assist
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Multi-functional 12.3-inch high-resolution colour display with black-panel technology
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound system
  • Sports seats with seat heating and lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • BMW Individual anthracite roof liner
  • M leather steering wheel

When compared to the previous 535d, the BMW 530d’s increased specification equates to around $16,000 of additional value.

BMW 540i (from $136,900)

Powertrain, performance and efficiency

  • New 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
  • Outputs of 250kW and 450Nm
  • Zero to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds
  • Fuel consumption: 6.7L/100km
  • CO2: 154g/km
  • Eight-speed sport automatic with gearshift paddles
  • Rear-wheel drive

Standard equipment highlights (in addition to 530i)

  • Adaptive Drive with active anti-roll bars
  • 20-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Metallic paintwork
  • Electric rear window sunblind
  • Rear-side window sunblinds
  • Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery
  • Comfort seats with memory function for driver and front passenger
  • Active seat ventilation for driver and front passenger
  • Ambient Air

The specification uplift on the BMW 540i equates to around $34,000 of additional value when compared to the preceding 535i.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.