The ultimate driving machine, now with less CO2.
It looks virtually the same as all of the other regular 5 Series models, but the 520d EfficientDynamics stands out once you check out its specs sheet. That’s because it is the most frugal non-hybrid model of the range by managing to consume between 3.9 and 4.3 liters / 100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions varying between 102 and 114 grams. These numbers are based on the New European Driving Cycle, which is known for being too optimistic, so don’t expect the same level of efficiency in real world driving.
For the sake of comparison, the 530e plug-in hybrid consumes on average a mere 2 liters / 100 km and emits 46 g/km. The electrified version is also considerably quicker in the sprint, managing to reach 62 mph (100 kph) in 6.2 seconds whereas the 520d EfficientDynamics needs 7.5 seconds to accomplish the same task. Coincidentally, the two cars have the exact same top speed: 146 mph (235 kph).
The economical diesel-powered BMW 5 Series has a 2.0-liter engine developing 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque delivered to road via a standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The low fuel consumption was possible after making the switch to the CLAR platform slashing a serious amount of weight, while the implementation of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalytic converter with AdBlue further improved the car’s efficiency.
Pricing isn’t out yet for the 520d EfficientDynamics model, but it will surely command a premium over the 520d available in its domestic market from €49,650 with the aforementioned Steptronic gearbox.
BMW will have the thrifty 5 Series diesel on sale in Europe starting from March when the hot M550i xDrive and the 530e plug-in hybrid will also be launched on the old continent. In the second half of the year, the flagship M5 is going to be launched and we might see it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September before going on sale late 2017.
2017 BMW 520d EfficientDynamics
BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition: greater driving pleasure, less CO2.
As from March 2017, the driving pleasure that is characteristic of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan will be combined with the lowest fuel consumption and emission levels in this vehicle segment. The new BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition is powered by a 2-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, delivering a maximum power output of 140 kW/190 hp and a peak torque of 400 Newton metres available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The Sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and achieves a combined fuel consumption of between 4.3 and 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emission levels of between 114 and 102 grams per kilometres (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size). The power unit of the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition features, inter alia, a turbo charger mounted on anti-friction bearings, high pressure exhaust gas recirculation, a map-controlled oil pump and further developed Common Rail direct injection technology, the solenoid injectors of which ensure precise fuel dosing with a maximum pressure of 2,000 bar.
In addition to the optimised efficiency of both the engine and the standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission, enhanced aerodynamic characteristics as well as the Sedan’s greatly reduced weight vs. its predecessor also contribute towards achieving the favourable fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels. Moreover, in order to optimise emission behaviour, the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition is equipped with BMW BluePerformance technology, which in addition to the particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst and a NOX storage catalyst, also features an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection technology reducing nitrogen oxide emissions even further.