Turbo-diesel sedans to take over duties from Commodore and Falcon

The New South Wales Police Force has confirmed it will use the BMW 530d as Highway Patrol cars, becoming the second Australian authority to use the German sedan.

"We are honoured by our association with the New South Wales Police Force and delighted that our officers will be driving BMW’s safe, efficient and dynamically superior vehicles," said Marc Werner, BMW Group Australia's CEO.

"Globally, the BMW Group supplies emergency and authority vehicles to a large number of countries, so I am very pleased to see our brand continue this proud tradition in Australia."

The NSW Police-spec 530d will be fitted with the M Sport package for "enhanced dynamics", M Sport brakes for "additional stopping power", along with multi-adjustable Comfort Seats to "ensure police remain supported during service".

BMW has also confirmed the new highway patrol cars will be supplied in a specific authority specification, and forgo options like a sunroof to enable the fitment of kit like lighting and sirens as required.

Above: Victoria Police's take on the 530d

Power in the standard 530d comes from a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel, developing 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque. It's unknown whether the police-spec versions get any engine modifications, though the consumer version's 5.7-seconds 0-100km/h is already brisk.

Where the BMW really shines compared to the outgoing Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore police cars, though, is fuel consumption. The production-spec 530d claims to use 4.7L/100km on the combined cycle, well down on the 9.1L/100km and 12.9L/100km claimed by the V6 and V8 VF Commodores respectively.

It's possible we could see the 530d in other state police forces too, with the company confirming it's in discussions with "additional Australian authorities". Last year Victoria Police announced it would be rolling out a fleet of up to 80 530d sedans for highway patrol duties (above).

Joining the 5 Series in the NSW Police fleet will be the V8-powered Chrysler 300 SRT Core. Stay tuned for our coverage.