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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wagon appreciation Pt 2: BMW Malaysia (BMW)





  In this blog entry, I'm posting about Wagon Appreciation: BMW Malaysia.  This is the part 2 of 8.  In Malaysia, BMW's distributed by BMW Malaysia and anchor dealer: Auto Bavaria. 

There's a saying, a picture's worth 1000 words...  Here are some pictures...

1) BMW 320d Panoramic (A).

EXTERIOR:

Above and Below: Please BMW Malaysia, bring in BMW 320d Touring WITH THIS UNIQUE SELLING POINT (USP).  Electronic Tilt & Slide Panoramic Roof.  I'm sure it'll sell.
ENGINE BAY & INTERIOR:



SPECIFICATIONS:

OVERVIEW:


5 Doors, Automatic, Estate, Diesel, SPECIFICATION INCLUDES: LEMON DAKOTA LEATHER, PANORAMIC SUNROOF, M SPORT AERODYNAMIC BODY STYLING, 17" MSPORT ALLOYS, DARK POPLAR WOOD TRIM, CLIMATE CONTROL, CD TUNER WITH IPOD CONNECTION.

Vehicle Summary

Body style    Estate
Engine size    1995 cc
Fuel type    Diesel
Number of doors    5
Number of seats    5
Gearbox type    AUTO
CO2 emissions    184 g/km
Standard manufacturers warranty (miles)    Unlimited mileage
Standard manufacturers warranty (years)    3 years
Standard corrosion guarantee    6 years
Standard paintwork guarantee    3 years

Performance and Economy
Fuel consumption (urban) 30.1 mpg
Fuel consumption (extra urban) 51.4 mpg
Fuel consumption (combined) 40.9 mpg
0 - 62 mph 8.8 seconds
Top speed 135 mph (216km/h)
Cylinders 4 Valves 16 v
Engine power 163 bhp
 Engine torque 251 lbs/ft

DIMENSIONS:

Height 1418 mm
Height inclusive roof rails 1450 mm
Length 4520 mm
Wheelbase 2760 mm
Width 1817 mm
Width including mirrors No details available
Fuel tank capacity 61 litres
Gross vehicle weight 2060 kg
Luggage capacity (seats down) 1385 litres
Luggage capacity (seats up) 460 litres
Max loading weight 540 kg
Max roof load 75 kg
Max towing weight (braked) 1800 kg
Max towing weight (unbraked) 750 kg
Minimum kerb weight 1520 kg
Turning circle (kerb to kerb) 11 metres

SAFETY:


'Childproof' rear door locks
ABS
Cornering brake control
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control – DTC
Front and rear head airbags
Front seatbelts+load limiter and pretensioner
Occupancy sensor for passenger seat
Outer rear seatbelt pretensioners
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Twin horns
Warning triangle and first aid kit

END OF SPECIFICATIONS.

Below: Facelift of the 3 series touring...





2) BMW 530d/535i Gran Turismo.

Launched in 2009, this is a 2-in-1 BMW 5 series (first seen in new Skoda Superb).  The rear hatch can be opened partially (ala Sedan) or FULLY (ala Hatchback), see photos below...

EXTERIOR:



INTERIOR AND BOOT:

NOTE TO BMW MALAYSIA: If you are bringing this model in, PLEASE include Elec Tilt/Slide PANORAMIC GLASS SUNROOF as STANDARD.  


ENGINE AND SPECIFICATIONS:

Technical specifications

    * BMW 535i Gran Turismo
          o Straight-six gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC
          o Capacity: 2,979 cc
          o Max output: 225 kW/306 hp at 5,800 rpm
          o Max torque: 400 Nm/295 lb-ft from 1,200-5,000 rpm
          o Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.3 seconds
          o Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
          o Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 8.9 Liter/100 kilometres (31.7 mpg imp)
          o CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 209 g/km
          o Emission standard: EU5

BMW 530d Gran Turismo


    * Straight-six diesel engine with aluminium crankcase and third-generation common-rail direct fuel injection (piezo-injectors)
    * Max injection pressure: 1,800 bar
    * Capacity: 2,993 cc
    * Max output: 180 kW/245 hp at 4,000 rpm
    * Max torque: 540 Nm/398 lb-ft from 1,750-3,000 rpm
    * Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6.9 seconds
    * Top speed: 240 km/h (149 mph)
    * Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 6.5 litres/100 kilometres (43.5 mpg imp)
    * CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 173 g/km
    * Emission standard: EU5.

END OF SPECIFICATIONS...

3) BMW LATEST 2011 5-series TOURING:
ABOVE: NEW 2011 5-series and its PREDECESSORS.  4th generation Touring/wagon
Recently launched, I hope BMW Malaysia will bring in this SWEET Wagon. Please bring in the one with Electronic Tilt/Slide PANORAMIC ROOF as this is a LIFESTYLE Car.  This is Different from NAZA Peugeot 308's FIXED ROOF, this can TILT/SLIDE.  Otherwise, something will always be missing w/o this feature.

There's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words, FEAST YOUR EYES to these pictures:
EXTERIOR:


INTERIOR and BOOT:

ENGINE:
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CAR:
(Source: http://www.netcarshow.com/bmw/2011-5-series_touring/)

Six-cylinder petrol engines: setting the standard for fast-revving response, smoothness, efficiency and innovation.

Modern straight-six petrol engines guarantee up-to-date driving pleasure also in the new BMW 5-Series. The power units in the BMW 535i Touring and the BMW 523i Touring all combine spontaneous power and performance with unique revving qualities, outstanding efficiency, and supreme smoothness.

Delivering 225 kW/306 hp and offering a unique technological concept, the most powerful six-cylinder in the new BMW 5-Series clearly confirms both the sporting character of the touring and the innovative power of BMW's engine development specialists. Indeed, the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in the BMW 535i Touring is the first engine to combine BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, High Precision Injection, and variable VALVETRONIC valve management.

The turbocharger system applying the TwinScroll principle to separate the ducts of three cylinders at a time both in the intake manifold and in the turbocharger itself, as well as VALVETRONIC valve control developed to an even higher standard, ensure a fascinating response at all times.

The engine develops its maximum torque of 400 Nm/295 lb-ft all the way from 1,200 to 5,000 rpm, with maximum output at 5,800 rpm. In conjunction with High Precision Injection likewise optimised to an even higher standard, this ensures a balance of performance and fuel economy quite unparalleled in this power class.

The new BMW 535i Touring accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds, its top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, on the other hand, is 8.6 litres/100 kilometres (32.8 mpg imp), the CO2 rating is 201 grams per kilometre.

The six-cylinder power unit featured in the new BMW 523i Touring comes with an even more sophisticated version of High Precision Injection with an even greater focus on efficiency. Displacing 3.0 litres, this naturally aspirated engine receives its supply of fuel by direct injection in the lean-burn mode, maintaining this highly efficient injection process with a reduced amount of fuel in the fuel/air mixture throughout a broad load range and also at higher engine speeds.
This combines the fast-revving driving characteristics and the dynamic build-up of power so typical of a BMW six-cylinder with particularly low fuel consumption and emissions.

In the new BMW 523i Touring, this technology provides for maximum output of 150 kW/204 hp at an engine speed of 6,100 rpm and peak torque of 270 Newton metres/199 lb-ft all the way from 1,500 - 4,250 rpm. Acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h comes in 8.2 seconds and the top speed of the new BMW 523i Touring is electronically limited to 231 km/h or 143 mph. This sporting performance goes together with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 7.9 litres/100 kilometres (35.7 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 185 grams per kilometre.


Six-cylinder diesels: supreme torque and optional BluePerformance technology ready to fulfil the EU6 emission standard.
Representing a brand-new generation of straight-six turbodiesels, the 3.0-litre power unit in the BMW 530d Touring offers even more torque and pulling force, enhanced smoothness and supreme economy. These qualities typical of a BMW diesel are ensured by an all-aluminium crankcase, the enhanced turbocharger system with variable turbine geometry and the latest generation of Common Rail fuel injection.

Fuel is supplied by means of upgraded piezo injectors now operating at a maximum pressure of 1,800 bar. The injectors positioned right in the middle and the valves in vertical arrangement ensure a smooth and consistent combustion process, serving to reduce emissions from the engine right from the start.

This superior six-cylinder diesel develops maximum output of 180 kW/245 hp at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm, with peak torque of 540 Nm/398 lb-ft from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. This kind of power accelerates the new BMW 530d Touring to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 243 km/h or 150 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, in turn, is 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 44.1 mpg imp), with CO2 emissions of 169 grams per kilometre.

In standard trim the new BMW 530d Touring - just like all other versions of the new BMW 5-Series - fulfils the EU5 emission standard. Equipped with optional BMW BluePerformance technology available also on this model in conjunction with automatic transmission, the diesel engine of the new BMW 530d Touring offers even better emission management. In this case the diesel particulates filter and the oxidation catalyst housed in the same unit interact with an NOX storage catalyst for further reduction of nitric oxides in the exhaust gas. This high-tech exhaust gas management ensures that the new BMW 530d Touring already fulfils the requirements of the EU6 standard, which does not come into force until 2014. And like the diesel particulates filter, the NOX storage catalyst does not require any maintenance or additional operating media throughout the entire service life of the car.

Four-cylinder diesel: increased power, leadership in efficiency even greater than before.

The engine range featured in the new BMW 5-Series Touring is rounded off by an upgraded turbodiesel setting new records in terms of efficiency in this segment of the market. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in the new BMW 520d Touring combines a composite aluminium crankcase, the latest generation of Common Rail direct fuel injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.

The increase in power and efficiency over the former model ensured in this way results from consistent optimisation of the combustion chambers, the charge system and the cylinder head, as well as the new arrangement of the ancillary units helping to reduce frictional losses to an even lower level than before.

Thermodynamically optimised, the charge system in the four-cylinder diesel engine ensures an optimum flow of power at all speeds and under all loads. An electric adjuster sets the turbine blades in the turbocharger to the current load status of the engine within fractions of a second, the engine thus following the gas pedal immediately both at low speeds and under full load whenever the driver requires maximum power and performance. The fuel injection system with magnetic valve injectors operating at a pressure of up to 1,800 bar ensures precise dosage of fuel as well as a consistent, low-emission combustion process.

Maximum power of the four-cylinder is up by 5 kW to 135 kW/184 bhp at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm. Up by 30 to 380 Newton-metres or 280 lb-ft, maximum torque comes all the way from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm. This accelerates the new BMW 520d Touring to 100 km/h within just 8.3 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 222 km/h or 137 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 5.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 54.3 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 137 grams per kilometre give the BMW 520d Touring even greater leadership than before as the most efficient car in the upper midrange segment.


Significant innovation with unique efficiency: eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new eight-speed automatic transmission featured for the first time in the BMW 760i twelve-cylinder Luxury Performance Sedan is available as an option for all variants of the new BMW 5-Series Touring available at market launch. When fitted, this makes the new BMW 520d Touring the first car in the world to combine a four-cylinder power unit with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

This innovative transmission offers a unique combination of gearshift comfort, sportiness and efficiency at a standard never seen before, far superior in every respect to the automatic transmissions offered by the competition. As yet a further option the new BMW 5-Series Touring is also available with a Sport Automatic variant of the eight-speed transmission allowing manual selection of gears by means of shift paddles on the steering wheel. The control logic applied in this case follows the principle already featured on BMW M Cars, the driver shifting up on the right and down on the left paddle. A further feature of the Sport Automatic is the special design of the electronic gearshift lever on the centre console.

The eight-speed automatic transmission boasts a particularly innovative gearset configuration, four single gearsets and five shift units interacting to provide the eight forward gears and one reverse gear.

The arrangement of these components to be seen here worldwide for the first time on an eight-speed automatic transmission ensures that only two of five clutches are moved along open in each gear, significantly reducing drag losses in comparison with the automatic transmissions currently in the market.

With the number of gears being increased to eight, gear increments when shifting are smaller than before despite the greater range between the lowest and highest transmission ratio. While accelerating, the harmonious shift in transmission ratios ensures a particularly smooth and steady increase in speed, short reaction and gearshift times compared to the six-speed automatic transmission, providing even greater comfort and driving dynamics.

A further advantage is that only one clutch has to be opened when shifting up or down, while direct detection of the right gear lane enables the driver to shift the transmission by more than two gears at a time, again with extremely short reaction and gearshift times. The process of shifting down from eighth to second gear when accelerating spontaneously (kick-down) again comes with a direct gearshift opening up only one clutch.

Other features:
1) 560L Boot space (seats up)/ 1670L (seats down) with 40:20:40 split fold rear seatback.
2) In conjunction with the optional Xenon headlights, the daytime driving lights incorporate quite unmistakable LED light rings, while the direction indicators moved far to the outside are made up of ten LED units each. As a final highlight, an LED focus light marks the upper end of each headlight unit.
 
3) Rear tailgate is Electronically operated (open and close), glass can be opened separately for smaller items (see picture above).

LASTLY: I'll END with SPECIAL VIDEO Presentation of this BEAUTY:
(Source: http://www.dailytorque.com/2011-bmw-5-series-touring-wagon/)



I HOPE BMW MALAYSIA can consider bringing in these 3 beauties WITH THE ELECTRONIC TILT-SLIDE PANORAMIC ROOF.  This is a Unique Selling Point.  Previous attempt on the 320d touring failed in 2008-09 because BMW Malaysia chose to bring in W/o Sunroof.

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