Scheduled to hit South African shores in the final quarter of 2020, the refreshed 5 Series sedan range will comprise three variants at launch, plus the flagship M5 Competition (we’ve already shared pricing for the latter). The 530d and 540i have been removed from the local mix.
The line-up will kick off with the 520d, priced from R932 351. As a reminder, this derivative’s 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine offers an unchanged 140 kW and 400 N.m to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Next up is the 530i, which starts at R934 501 and is powered by a turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine offering 185 kW and 350 N.m to the rear axle, likewise through an eight-speed auto.
Finally, the M550i xDrive joins the range from R1 427 339 (that’s around R775 000 less expensive than the M5 Competition), with its twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 petrol engine sending 390 kW and 750 N.m to all four corners (the rear-biased all-wheel-drive system works with an M Sport differential) via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
BMW says that’s enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3,8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The M550i xDrive furthermore features a range of model-specific design cues, including the M Sport package, a bootlid spoiler and a "Cerium Grey" metallic finish for the side-mirror caps, grille surround, inlays in the front air intakes and model lettering.