The facelifted 2022 BMW 5 Series has finally arrived in the Philippines, more than a year after making its global debut. BMW’s midsize luxury sport sedan is set to once again set the benchmark in terms of driving dynamics and creature comforts, all at a very competitive price tag.
“We are thrilled to bring a more intuitive premium business sedan in the BMW 520i Luxury. The updated version brings forth features that are usually found only in the higher tiers of the luxury car market. This wide variety of innovations onboard make it immensely competitive at its price point and renders the new 5 Series perfect for the next generation of trailblazers who are looking to change the way they lead,” says SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. President, Spencer Yu.
One variant of the facelifted 2022 BMW 5 Series will be sold, and that’s the 520i Luxury Line. Keeping it in line with the brand’s current design language, the facelifted 5 Series features a conjoined kidney grille, which is similar to what the BMW 3 Series has. Also similar to the 3 Series are its sleeker adaptive LED headlights and front bumper design. The new daytime running light design now features two separate LED units, in which the outer LEDs now act as turn signals. At the back, the 5 Series gains new L-shaped LED taillights which are now darkened just like in the smaller 3 Series. The rear bumper looks more chiseled, too, though being the Luxury Line, the design is focused more towards elegance rather than outright sportiness.
Interior changes are quite subtle, though BMW has given the 5 Series a major tech upgrade. BMW’s Live Cockpit digital instrument cluster, which works in conjunction with the latest iDrive 7 infotainment system, is now standard. For the first time ever, Android Auto is now available in the BMW 5 Series on top of Apple CarPlay, which is already offered as an option ever since. The 520i Luxury Line’s iDrive unit also comes with gesture control, along with a Harman Kardon sound system.
Those seated at the back will benefit from luxuries such as powered rear sunshades, and manual side sunshades. The trunk lid is also power-operated, while other luxuries that all occupants will benefit from are soft-closing doors, Dakota leather upholstery, LED ambient lighting, just to name a few.
Because this is labeled as the 520i, the 5 Series comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine that produces 184 horsepower and 290 Nm of torque. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic driving the rear wheels. With this engine configuration, the 520i sprints from 0-100 kph in just 7.9 seconds.
As for safety and driver-assistance tech, the 2022 BMW 5 Series comes with the usual electronic stability control, a plethora of airbags, a reverse camera, and also BMW’s Parking Assistant automated parking feature.
The 2022 BMW 5 Series is now on sale as a 520i Luxury Line for a highly competitive price tag of P4,290,000 and is now available at all BMW dealerships nationwide. This is exactly the same price tag that the pre-facelift 5 Series came with despite having significantly more features. How were they able to achieve such a feat? That’s because the 5 Series is now sourced from Malaysia, thus being able to take advantage of regional assembly to lower costs.