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by George Skentzos

BMW have added to their vast array of diesel powered luxury passenger vehicles – including the 120d, 320d, 530d, X3 2.0d and 3.0d, and the X5 3.0d to name a few – with the new 5-series diesel.

The 520d turbo-diesel sedan will appear in Australian showrooms by November this year to join the recently announced X3 2.0d Sports Activity Vehicle.

Supplementing the six-cylinder 530d, the 520d uses the same all-alloy 2.0-litre diesel engine as the aforementioned X3 which boasts powerful and spirited performance along with ultra-low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

With its second-generation common rail fuel injection and variable-geometry turbocharger, the 520d engine produces 125 kW at a relaxed 4,000 rpm, as well as a surging 340 Nm of torque that is available from as low as 1,750 rpm to provide impressive pulling power.

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Complimenting the new turbo-diesel engine, the 520d features a new six-speed sports auto transmission capable of accelerating the diesel-powered sedan from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds yet with fuel consumption of merely 6.1 litres/100 km on the combined cycle, the 520d offers small-car fuel consumption.

The new BMW 520d Automatic is priced from $79,900 making the 5 Series accessible to an even wider range of Australian luxury car buyers.




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