Tuesday July 5th, 2011 23:04 BMW Reveal 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon

BMW has announced the release of its new 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon car. Described as setting “a new benchmark for efficiency and driving pleasure in its class,” BMW claim that the car is 10 per cent more fuel-efficient than any of its other rivals.

Certainly, the 520d ED posts impressive numbers when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. CO2 emissions stand at 119g/km, while the car’s fuel economy is a useful 62.8mpg. This efficiency means that the 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon will be subject to a company car benefit-in-kind taxation band of just 13 per cent. BMW will be hoping that this tempts company car drivers, as currently no other executive car sits in a tax band as low as this.

The efficiency savings have not affected the performance of the BMW, as its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is still capable of producing 184bhp with 380Nm of torque. The result of this is that the 520d ED races from 0-62mph in a nifty 8.2 seconds.

The inclusion of a longer final drive ratio will help drivers of the 520d ED to reduce engine revs at highway speeds. The BMW also comes with standard Auto Start-Stop, an Optimum Gearshift Indicator, Brake Energy Regeneration and Active Aerodynamics.

In addition to these standard features, the new 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon also comes with a new ECO-PRO Mode. The purpose of this mode is to promote economical and comfortable driving at low speeds, and it does this by making adjustments to the engine mapping, throttle sensitivity, automatic gearshift points, and the amount of power consumed by electrical ancillaries such as climate control and heated seats.

The BMW 520d ED Saloon goes on sale in the UK in September, and will cost prospective buyers £30,435.

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