2021 BMW 5 Series pricing and specifications revealed, arriving in October with price increases but no wagon

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Details for the 2021 BMW 5 Series arriving in Australia in October have been released, with the seventh generation premium sedan scoring an upgrade in tech and features, along with a jump in price.

The brand will also no longer offer a 5 Series Touring wagon due to poor sales.

Though the remaining variants are only marginally different externally, there are more notable changes inside and under the bonnets.

The entry level 520i has seen its price jump $5000, to start the range at $95,900 plus on road costs.

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There is justification for the extra outlay, however.

The M Sport package is now standard across the range and includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, M Sport suspension, sport seats, M Aerodynamics Package, M leather steering wheel, trapezoidal chrome tail pipes and more.

BMW has also added a bigger, 12.3-inch control display, adaptive LED headlights, high beam assist and Driving Assistant Professional safety tech suite.

The 2.0-litre twin turbo four-cylinder petrol engines on the 520i and 530i now offer “high precision” fuel injection operating at a pressure of 350 bar, compared with the previous unit’s 200.

The 520i offers 135kW/290Nm and the 530i 185kW/350Nm.

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As well as the extra power, the 530i also adds a sport transmission wider gear ratio spread and M Sport brakes. It now costs $115,900, a $3000 increase.

The 530e plug-in hybrid offers a new XtraBoost function, which sees the joint output of the electric motor and petrol engine increased by 30kW – up to 215kW – for up to 10 seconds when accelerating hard.

The 530e has a 5.9-second 0-100km/h time when in combined power mode, while there is 67km of range when driving solely with the electric motor.

It has had the biggest price hike, rising $6000 to $118,900.

The diesel 530d has also had engine tweaks, with the addition of two-stage turbocharging helping its 3.0-litre straight six generate 195kW and 620Nm of torque, good for a 0-100km/h dash in 5.7 seconds.

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