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The report claims BMW's cars are less efficient in real-world use

The report claims BMW's cars are less efficient in real-world use

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BMW has pulled the dust covers off the much awaited face-lifted 5-Series.

But don’t get too excited as the executive saloon, Touring and GT don’t look that drastically different.

From the front the big tweak centres around the nose giving it a more muscular, sharper edge.

There are additional contour lines around the kidney grille and a re-structured lower air intake – straight off the new 4 Series.

 All variants of the 5 Series have Xenon headlights as standard and Adaptive LED lights are now optional.

 The door mirrors of all models now incorporate indicators with the Saloon and Touring getting new-style tail lights with slender, elegant LED light strips.

An additional crease in the rear apron also emphasises the car’s width and sporting stance.

 The Gran Turismo has a new front air intake and an extended tailgate which ensures the roof blends more harmoniously into the rear end.

The already massive boot is increased by 60 litres to 500 litres.

 Light and shade effects around the number plate mounting, a sweeping crease extending into the flanks and a chrome strip in the rear apron give the rear of the Gran Tursmo a sportier look, accentuated by new horizontal lights with LED strips.

 Inside, all models now have chrome strips bordering the central Control Display in the cabin, and the Saloon and Touring have larger storage areas and cup holders.

 The Comfort Access system can now close as well as open the boot or tailgate at the wave of  the driver’s foot beneath the rear bumper.

There are new paint and alloy wheel options too.

But most of the tinkering has been under the bonnet where efficiency is the name of the game.

The Irish favourite, the 184bhp, 2.0-litre diesel engine now has CO2 emissions of 119g/km for both manual and automatic transmissions, matching the figures of the former EfficienctDynamics model.

The 520d has aerodynamic additions to the wheel arches, under-body panelling and front apron which lowers its drag co-efficient to enhance fuel efficiency.

No prices as yet but shouldn’t be too far off the €44,720 tag of the outgoing 520d SE manual when it officially  goes on sale here in September.

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