Known as the G30, the 2018 BMW 5 Series has been on the market for several weeks, but already BMW is adding more models to the series. Today the German automaker announced the 2018 520i and 525d; both models that will serve the lower-end of the midsize luxury sedan world for BMW.
The all-new 520i will slot under the 530i with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that hammers out 184 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the fact the G30 lineup is lighter than the older F10 5 Series, BMW says the 520i will go from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 7.8 seconds on the sedan and 8.2 seconds for the wagon. Buyers can even add BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive to this engine in both sedan and wagon formations.
The 2018 525d will also utilize 2.0-liters of displacement, only this one is a turbo-diesel that churns out 231 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The added torque makes the 525d faster than its gas brother, with a zero to 60 mph time of 6.5 seconds on the sedan and 6.7 seconds on the wagon. It too can be fitted with xDrive and both it and the 520i are exclusively fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both models are global models for BMW, but details and pricing information are still not known. While the 520i is likely a safe bet for the U.S. market, it isn’t entirely clear if the 525d will make it stateside. Thus far BMW has not sold a diesel version of the G30 5 Series in the U.S., but there are rumors the company will bring the 540d to the U.S., which possibly leaves hope the 525d will make it as well.