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5 Series gains new 109g/km 2.0-litre diesel engines

Announced as BMW reveals reveals pricing for its new 2 Series Active Tourer and a new 4 Series line-up, the new engines are due out this summer will be available in both Saloon and Touring body styles and depending on specification can achieve emissions of 109g/km.

First unveiled in the X3, the new engines are based on the BMW Group's new modular engine system and use the latest common rail technology, delivering claimed improvements in performance and efficiency.

In entry-level form the new engine delivers 148bhp (up by 7bhp over the old engine), giving a zero to 62mph time of 9.5 seconds for the saloon (BMW 518d Touring: 9.1 seconds).

Meanwhile average fuel consumption is 65.7mpg (BMW 518d Touring: 61.4mpg) while CO2 emissions are 114g/km (518d Touring 122g/km).

For the new BMW 520d, power increases by 6hp to 187bhp, while torque is up by 15lb.ft to 295lb.ft. This enables the BMW 520d Saloon to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.9 seconds, while the BMW 520d Touring requires only 8.1 seconds.

The 520d Saloon achieves 65.7mpg (CO2 is 114g/km), with the 520d Touring posting 61.4mpg, with figures of 114g/km and 122g/km for CO2 respectively.

Efficiency is improved with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, giving the 520d Saloon a combined fuel economy of up to 68.9mpg (Touring 62.8mpg) with CO2 emissions from 109g/km (118g/km).

The BMW 518d Saloon starts at £30,265 OTR, while the Touring version costs £32,590 OTR. The BMW 520d Saloon and Touring are priced at £31,965 OTR and £34,290 OTR respectively.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.