BMW has announced a September 2013 launch date for the new look 5-Series, at the same time they have opened the order book for the next generation saloon. The current car will be a hard act to follow as three million examples were sold across the world in the past 3 years. We’re expecting the winning formula to be tweaked rather than radically altered and have been told that most of the changes are happening under the bonnet.
The familiar 181bhp 2.0 litre diesel unit will power the 520d in saloon and touring spec, but the engine now emits just 119g/km of CO2. Although we’re expecting the cosmetic changes to be minimal, BMW have told us that most of the car’s new found efficiency is thanks to improved aerodynamics. The 520d will be the entry-level when the new model arrives in the autumn, but in the near future a 141bhp 518d will slot in below it.
You will have to pay £31,530 for the 20d SE Saloon, which is a premium of £1,100 over the current model. The 520d SE Touring shown in these images is yours for £33,855, £900 more than the existing car. Inside the cabin, drivers get satellite navigation and a head-up display as standard across all models. Xenon lights are also standard, with LED headlights available on the option list.
A new saloon and touring 5-Series is all well and good but the real interest is always in the fastest model, the M5. At £73,505 you will only be asked for £170 more than the current car, but the best news is that it will come to the UK in September.