Made-in-India new BMW 5-series production starts

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BMW has started series manufacture of the new 5-series sedan at Chennai plant. The new BMW 5-series will see a market launch on June 29, 2017. The 7th generation G30 avatar will be available in 2 diesel variants – 520d Luxury line and 530d M Sport – and in a petrol, 530i Sport line variant. A inexpensive version of the 520-d called the ‘Corporate Edition’, is probable to join the line-up within six months of the June 29 launch and will be priced around Rs.5 lakh below the 520d Luxury line. Out of the two diesels, the 1,995cc, four-cylinder in the 520d will produce 190hp at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of torque from as low as 1,750rpm. The sportier 530-d will come with a 2,993-cc, 6 cylinder engine creating 265hp and 620Nm of torque, along with a claimed 0-100kph acceleration in just 5.7sec. The 530i is the only petrol on offer and will be powered by a 1,998cc, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine churning 252hp and 350Nm of torque, with a claimed 0-100kph acceleration time of 6.2sec. All three engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Overall, the new ‘Five’ is a bit larger than the outgoing car, measuring 4,936mm in length, 1,868mm in width and 1,479mm in height, and has a slightly longer 2,975mm wheelbase too. BMW has managed to make the new 5-series up to 100 kg lighter with improved use of high-strength steel and aluminium. This has also helped increase the new car’s overall rigidity. BMW has packed in a lot of kit in the new five-series with features like a 10.25-inch touch-screen with gesture control, a wireless mobile charger and a remote parking system (similar to the 7-series). There’s a new heads-up display that is 70 percent bigger than before and displays maps, telephone listings, music tracks and more. Driving aids include corner brake control, dynamic stability control, fading compensation, dry braking function as well as optional features like dynamic damper control and adaptive drive.