2011 BMW 535d – First Look

By Jonathan Spira on 1 October 2010
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The new BMW 535d  somehow manages to make the previous 535d, with a mere 391 pound-feet of torque, look like a slouch.  Not only that, it does this with improved fuel economy and acceleration.  This is all thanks to the redesigned 3.0-liter straight-six engine which now creates 300 hp and 440 pound-feet of torque.

With its 70 liter (18.5 gallon) fuel tank, the 535d can go over 1300 km (807 miles) on a single tank.

The 535d comes equipped with a redesigned 3.0-liter twin turbo straight engine that produces 300 hp (220 kW).  The previous-generation 535d Sedan got from 0 to 100 k (0-62 miles) in 6.4 seconds.  The new 535d achieves the same speed in just 5.7 seconds.  In fact, it’s faster than the lighter 335d, which takes six seconds to get there.

The 535d is available as a sedan or touring (station wagon).  Both come with BMW’s eight-speed automatic transmission and electro-mechanical power steering EPS.  Multiple EfficientDynamics features are included, including brake energy regeneration, demand-dependant ancillary components, and active flap control.  Lower weight is achieved through doors, hood, front side panels, drivetrain, and suspension components made from aluminum.

BMW ConnectedDrive features include the parking assistant, collision warning with brake activation in conjunction with active cruise control, lane change warning, lane departure warning, speed limit info, and head-up display. Also available are Surround View, BMW Night Vision, and High-beam Assistant.

BMW is also adding BlackBerry integration to ConnectedDrive.  This will allow the driver to receive e-mail messages in the car.  The e-mails will be displayed on the iDrive information display and the system will even read the messages aloud.  It will also display tasks, calendar entries, and text messages.

Next week The Diesel Driver will drive a BMW 535d throughout Bavaria. Expect a complete report soon.