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BMW 5 Series LCI launched in India; starts at INR 62.90L

The facelifted model now comes with a redesigned grille and headlights.

The rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Volvo S90, and Jaguar XF is now available in three variants with a couple of Diesel and a Petrol motor option with more features as standard. The 530i M Sport will cost you INR 62.90L, the 520d Luxury Line will cost you INR 63.90L, and the 530d M Sport will be up for grabs for INR 71.90L. All the prices are attractive introductory prices (ex-showroom).

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India, said, “For 50 years, the BMW 5 Series has enjoyed an unrivaled position globally and has set the benchmark in Sheer Driving Pleasure. This iconic business athlete has now evolved to be younger and smarter. The new BMW 5 Series is an individualist within the premium executive segment. Its fresh design accents, best-in-class performance, and cutting-edge technology will bolster its status as the only car to excite a winner – one who is always ready for ‘Power Play’!”

On the outside, you have the wider front grille positioned lower than before in a new, single-frame design like the other current models on sale along with new slimmer full-LED Adaptive headlights with BMW Laserlight (in M Sport trims). At the back, you have the more heavily structured taillights which mirror the design of the 3 Series as well as a redesigned rear bumper. 18-inchers are standard, but you can also opt for the 19-inchers.

There are two new paint schemes on offer – Phytonic Blue and Bernina Grey Amber, and the new 5 Series happens to be 27mm longer than the outgoing model. All the other dimensions stay the same.

On the inside, the new BMW 5 Series blends contemporary elegance with a driver-focused cockpit design with high-quality materials, bespoke upholstery, and precise workmanship. The 7th gen of the iDrive infotainment system has a 12.3-inch touch display as standard along with an instrument cluster of the same size.

The 520d variant has Natural Leather Dakota upholstery, and the 530i offers the new perforated Sensatec trim with contrast stitching, whereas the 530d spec has refined ‘Nappa’ leather upholstery with diamond stitching. Features like adaptive suspension and remote control parking are standard and Android Auto now works wirelessly in addition to Apple CarPlay.

The M Sport variants will get matrix LED headlights with Laserlight, ambient lighting, four-zone climate control, electrically-adjustable with memory function front seats, an electric sunroof, HUD, a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, and wireless smartphone charging to name a few.

These models will also boast several M Sport goodies like a multifunction M leather steering wheel, front grille finished in gloss black, illuminated M door sills, M logos on the fenders, M Sport dark blue brake calipers, and an M aero package. BMW says online bookings done till 24th July 2021, will attract offers on the limited units of the M Sport variants meaning these cars will now come with a discount of up to 50% on a selected range of exclusive M Performance Parts made for the new 5 Series. 

On the safety front, the facelifted BMW 5 Series will have features like six airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, ABS with Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), side-impact protection, and ISOFIX child seat mounting.

Powering the 530i M Sport variant is a 2.0L, 4-cyl, turbocharged motor producing 252hp and 350Nm of torque. The 520d Luxury Line is powered by a 2.0L, 4-cyl, motor churning out 190hp and 400Nm of torque while the 530d M Sport spec boasts a 3.0L, in-line-6, making 265hp and 620Nm of torque. All the three engine options come mated to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport AT. The new 5 Series will be locally produced at BMW Group’s plant in Chennai.

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Chirag Khanna

I can look at the headlights of a car and can tell which car it is. I am an automobile and motorsports (specializes in F1) geek, for starters. For the main-course, I write.

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