BMW has introduced additional engines and new four-wheel drive variants for the G30 5 Series, which includes a new entry-level 520i, available from July this year.

The 520i is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 181 hp and 290 Nm of torque. Mated to it is an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels, resulting in a zero to 100 km/h time of just 7.8 seconds (8.2 seconds for the Touring).

In terms of fuel consumption, the Sedan is claimed to consume as little as 5.4 litres per 100 km (5.8 litres per 100 km for the Touring), and emit between 141 and 124 grams of CO2 per km.

Two new turbodiesel engines will also be made available for the 5 Series, beginning with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit found in the 525d, which offers 228 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The second is a 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder fitted to the 540d xDrive with 315 hp and 680 Nm of torque, slotting below the recently-introduced M550d xDrive.

Both oil burners are paired with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, with the larger powerplant receiving BMW’s proprietary four-wheel drive system as well. In terms of performance, the 525d will complete the century sprint in 6.6 seconds (Sedan) and 6.8 seconds (Touring), respectively. Fuel consumption is rated as low as 4.4 litres per 100 km (Sedan) and 4.7 litres per 100 km (Touring).

The 540d xDrive meanwhile, is much quicker to 100 km/h from a standstill, accomplishing the feat in just 4.7 seconds (Sedan) and 4.9 seconds (Touring). Combined fuel consumption figures are as low as 5.2 litres per 100 km (Sedan) and 5.5 litres per 100 km (Touring).

BMW has also added xDrive as an option for the 520d and 530i. On the 520d xDrive, the 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel makes 188 hp and 400 Nm of torque, while the 530i xDrive’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 248 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

Both powertrains feature an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, and for the 520d xDrive, zero to 100 km/h is done in 7.9 seconds, with a fuel consumption of 4.9 litres per 100 km (lowest). The 530i xDrive will do the same feat in 6.3 seconds, consuming as little as 6.5 litres per 100 km.

Aside from the powertrains, new options from BMW Individual are now available for the 5 Series, including body colours as well as special metallic and Frozen metallic paint finishes. The interior can also be enhanced with Merino leather trim Merino and an all-leather Merino fine grain trim. Both are available in the colours Smoky White, Tartufo and Caramel.

Also new in the options list are interior trim strips in the BMW Individual wood finishes Sen Light Brown and high-gloss Plum Brown, as well as a leather covered BMW Individual instrument panel, Alcantara Anthracite roof lining and a leather steering wheel in piano black finish.