BMW Unveils 2014 535d Sedan and Redesigned 5 Series
Along with a more striking design for 2014, BMW is adding two 5 Series diesel models to its U.S. lineup. Starting this summer, BMW will offer the 535d and 535d xDrive sedans, giving the 5 Series buyer a total of nine options ranging from the 528i to the 550i to the ActiveHybrid 5.
The 2014 5 Series marks the first time BMW is offering a diesel-powered 5er since the BMW 524td made its debut in the U.S. in 1985.
The 535d comes equipped with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder BMW Advanced Diesel engine that develops 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm (these figures are preliminary; BMW will release final figures closer to the model launch). While fuel economy figures have not yet been released, the European 530d (which the U.S. 535d is equivalent to) has a combined EU fuel economy rating that is roughly 33% better than the gasoline-powered 535i (5.9 l/100 km or 40 mpg versus 8.3 l/100 km or 28.3 mpg).
The exterior redesign gives the front a sportier look and the rear looks wider thanks to an extra crease in the apron and the slimmer and more contoured taillights. BMW is making navigation and BMW Apps standard across the 5 Series and adding several new options, including a virtual foot pedal that closes the trunk (previously it just opened it), Adaptive LED headlights, and a new, tablet-like rear entertainment system.
Four new colors have been added, namely Calisto Grey metallic, Jacobi metallic, Mineral White metallic, and Glacier Silver metallic. In addition, buyers can order cars in one of three “lines,” the Luxury Line, the Modern Line, and M Sport, similar to how the 3 Series can be ordered. All three include Nappa leather.
The 2014 5 Series comes with iDrive4.2, which features a new cockpit controller with a built-in touchpad that allows the driver to input information for destinations, phone numbers, and other functions. BMW ConnectedDrive now offers a dictation feature for sending text messages and e-mails
The MSRP for the 535d will be $57,525, a $1,500 premium over the 535i. The 535d xDrive sedan will go for $59,825, which is also a $1,500 premium.