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johnoz
04-14-2005, 02:43 PM
New low-priced BMW 5-Series

To help increase sales of its mid-size sedan lineup, BMW Canada will be offering a new entry-level model, the 525i, for $58,200 at its 36 dealerships in April.

That is well under the company's current lineup of the 530i at $66,500 and the 545i at $77,700, and the least-expensive model in the 5-Series family since the 1999 528, which carried a sticker price of $57,200.

Lindsay Duffield, president and CEO of BMW Group Canada, says "the new 525i offers the Canadian consumer exceptional value, while at the same time maintaining the long-established tradition of driving dynamics."

Duffield says a key highlight of the 525i is the "innovative" inline-six engine with a magnesium crankcase and Valvetronic engine technology "for even greater efficiency and dynamics." A horsepower peak of 215 at 6,500 rpm and a torque peak of 184 lb-ft at 2,750-4,250 rpm are sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that also allows pseudo-manual shifting to suit the driver's taste.

Duffield says that, at 161 kg, BMW's new inline-six is the lightest six-cylinder in its class, "greatly complementing the lightweight construction of the BMW 5-Series with its front end made of aluminum all the way back to the A-pillar. With aluminum being two-thirds lighter than steel, customers benefit from the reduction in weight through greater economy, enhanced dynamics, and outstanding agility." Less weight also means a comparable drop in mass, which means it would be slightly less safe in a crash.

Duffield also says that, "in its looks and appearance, the 5-Series combines the sporting flair of the 3-Series with the presence of the BMW 7-Series.

"Through its design alone, the new 5 forms the powerful centre point within the BMW model range. The muscular front end with its unmistakable, curved headlight clusters featuring dual headlights and the coupe-like 'greenhouse' clearly bear testimony to the car's sporting and dynamic character." Of course, the famous "Banglebutt" is also there to admire or loath, according to your taste.

Standard features on the 525i include such items as a heated steering wheel, a glass sunroof, BMW Assist, and integrated Bluetooth telephone technology.

"As with all BMW offerings," Duffield says, "there is an extremely wide variety of packages and standalone features to tailor the car to individual choice."

To that end, the 525i is available with the following packages:

Navigation for $2,900 that includes BMW onboard navigation with voice control and a Canada-U.S. navigation DVD.

Premium at $2,800 that includes auto dimming mirror and Dakota leather.

Sport for $2,500 that includes sport suspension, leather sport steering wheel, 17-inch star spoke alloy wheels, and high gloss shadow line.

Key standalone options include active steering for $1,500, adaptive headlights at $490, and a Harman/Kardon Logic 7 sound system for $1,200.

alaw@globeandmail.ca

rodo
04-14-2005, 02:54 PM
saw it in the states, took pics of it

johnoz
04-14-2005, 03:00 PM
Any difference in terms of interior quality etc compared to other 5 series vehicles (ie 530)?

5style
04-14-2005, 03:21 PM
58 000 is cheap? screw that, bangle curves aren't worth that much.

johnoz
04-14-2005, 03:39 PM
Where does it say cheap?

5style
04-14-2005, 04:14 PM
Where does it say cheap? No no, not saying you said anything. the term entry model however, usually stands for significantly cheaper, in this case a mere 8000 grand doesn t make much difference, because if you can afford the entry , you can surely shell out for midrange :(

Paul540/m3
04-14-2005, 04:41 PM
Wow that must be sloooooooooooow

Ryousuke
04-14-2005, 07:37 PM
If you got 60k to throw away on teh car then might aswell pay those 8000 price difference and get your self 530i O_o ... nice and cheap at 58000 =\ I'd rather get a 330i/Ci for that price

Mystikal
04-14-2005, 10:24 PM
Wow that must be sloooooooooooow

Hardly. Keep in mind the new x25i models are 3.0 engines, and this one has specs that are pretty damn reasonable. With a real gearbox, I wouldn't be surprised if it clicked off sub-8 second 0-60 runs, or in other words, similar to E39 528i numbers.

Paul540/m3
04-14-2005, 10:33 PM
Hardly. Keep in mind the new x25i models are 3.0 engines, and this one has specs that are pretty damn reasonable. With a real gearbox, I wouldn't be surprised if it clicked off sub-8 second 0-60 runs, or in other words, similar to E39 528i numbers.

8 seconds is fast now? ;)

Mystikal
04-14-2005, 10:42 PM
8 seconds is fast now? ;)

Better than "slooooooooooow", isn't it? :P

tifosi
04-14-2005, 11:36 PM
new low-priced BMW 5-series....

just to balance out the upcoming overpriced V10 5-series i suppose.... :confused:

X5HogTown
04-14-2005, 11:50 PM
"Less weight also means a comparable drop in mass, which means it would be slightly less safe in a crash."

did they mean slightly safer in a crash?

tlaselva
04-15-2005, 01:07 AM
I could easily come up with a dozen other vehicles I'd rather buy at that price point.... :rolleyes:

Darkness95m3
04-15-2005, 08:54 AM
Hardly. Keep in mind the new x25i models are 3.0 engines, and this one has specs that are pretty damn reasonable. With a real gearbox, I wouldn't be surprised if it clicked off sub-8 second 0-60 runs, or in other words, similar to E39 528i numbers.

That is slow!

M3ti Compact
04-15-2005, 12:04 PM
You can't really blame the car for being slow...if you want a fast 5, the V-10 option is available.

Mystikal
04-15-2005, 01:00 PM
That is slow!

For us maybe. But the Canadian consumers who regularly buy the smallest-engined model in the respective lineups think otherwise.