BMW Australia has raised prices of its 5 Series line-up, moving the non-performance range $1000 up and increasing the cost of its fire-breathing M5 Competition by $5000, but offset the jump with new technologies to keep the model fresh ahead of an expected facelift next year.
Now kicking off at $90,900 before on-road costs, the 520i still opens the large sedan range, while the 520d, 530i, 530e, 530d and 540i move up to $95,900, $112,900, $112,900, $123,300 and $142,900 respectively.
Similarly, the wagon 520d and 530i Touring versions rise to $95,900 and $112,900 each.
Each of the aforementioned 5 Series variants gain a wireless smartphone charger and ‘BMW Connected Package Professional’ that bundles online services, USB map updates, real time traffic information and a concierge service.
However, the headline change in the updated 5 Series is the inclusion of BMW’s ‘Live Cockpit Professional’ all-digital instrumentation lifted from the new-generation 3 Series and X5 large SUV.
Justifying the now $234,900 M5 Competition’s steeper price rise however, is also the inclusion of BMW’s ‘Laserlight’ system that features improved road illumination and automatic high beam function, as well as the aforementioned additions.
Powertrain options carryover as before, ranging from the 135kW/290Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine of the 520i to the ballistic 440kW/750Nm twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 of the M5 Competition flagship.
Two diesel engines are also available in the form of the 520d and 530d, while the 530e offers a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid powertrain with around 30 kilometres of emissions-free driving range.
The seventh-generation 5 Series entered Australian showrooms in March 2017, putting a facelift – or LCI in BMW parlance – on the horizon for early 2020.
2019 BMW 5 Series pricing before on-road costs
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