The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo was unveiled in 2009, effectively creating an entirely new category of vehicle in the premium segment.
BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton said the 5 Series Gran Turismo range offers discerning luxury car customers a unique proposition both in terms of value and design.
“The 5 Series Gran Turimso exists in a class of its own and offers the distinguished premium customer a real alternative to the conventional sedans and SUVs on our roads,” said Mr Horton.
“This is a car that combines the luxury and ambience of our flagship 7 Series with the versatility and increased ride height of an SUV all the while maintaing the dynamics of a sporty sedan,” he said.
The BMW 520d Gran Turismo comes equipped with BMW’s multi award winning two-litre diesel engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (Variable Twin Turbo principle, Common Rail direct injection). This state-of-the-art straight four-cylinder power unit delivers 135 kW with a maximum torque of 380 Nm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved 8.9 seconds with average fuel consumption of just 5.3 l/100 km and a CO2 emission level of 139 g/km.
In the case of the BMW 530d Gran Turismo, power output has been increased to 190 kW, at the same time boosting maximum torque to 560 Nm. However, in spite of considerably increased performance, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of this straight six-cylinder diesel engine have been reduced to 5.8 l/100 km and 153 g/km respectively.
Apart from the new and revised engines featured in the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo range, efficiency and emmissions are also improved by a host of additional BMW Efficient Dynamics measures such as the Auto Start Stop function and Electronic Power Steering for both the standard and optional Intergral Active Steering systems. This means that the fuel consumption and CO2 emmissions of the straight-six petrol engined 535i GT also improves by a substantial margin to 8.2 l/100 km and 192 g/km respectively.
To help the driver manage the balance between performance and efficiency, Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO mode is also now fitted to all BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo models as a standard feature. The ECO PRO, COMFORT and SPORT modes are accessed using a switch to the left of the gear lever. Predefined drive train, steering and (if appropriately equipped) suspension component set-up can all be suitably adjusted. In the ECO PRO mode, average fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 20 percent, vehicle range increased accordingly and this increase displayed to the driver as additionally gained kilometres.
Occupant safety has also been increased in the 5 Series Gran Turismo with the standard inclusion of the Active Protection Safety Package. This driver assistance system becomes active at a speed of 18 km/h by automatically tightening the seatbelt in order to eliminate slack. In a critical situation, the front seatbelts are tightened and the side windows and sliding sunroof closed. Active Protection identifies a potential collision either by means of a front-mounted camera or radar, through deliberate emergency braking or distinctive understeering or oversteering of the vehicle. In the event of an unavoidable collision, the system automatically slows the vehicle down. Following the collision, the vehicle is brought to a halt using maximum braking force and then held for an additional 1.5 seconds, significantly reducing the likelihood of a secondary collision.
Updates to the options list for the 5 Series Gran Turismo include BMW’s Parking Assistant feature, which helps the driver identify an appropriate parking spot and also accurately steers the car into the selected parking reducing the drivers required input to accelerating and braking. Also now available is BMW’s top end Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound audio system to further enhance the high level of luxurious ambience of the 5 Series Gran Turismo.
Now available with the M Sport Package, the 5 Series Gran Turismo is transformed with a sportier more imposing road presence. The package inlcudes sport suspension, sports seats, M aerodynamics package, 20” M Double-spoke 303 alloy rims, BMW Individual roof liner and High Gloss shadow line trim, the package also includes an M Sports steering wheel including gear shift paddles.
“The 5 Series range is iconic and was the class leader in sales last year. Now with the new entry level model, revised pricing and improved specification of the Gran Turismo we are set to build on that success,” Mr Horton said.
Australian pricing* from July Production.
BMW 520d GT $89,900
BMW 530d GT $103,500
BMW 535i GT $109,400
*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries