First variant of new BMW 5-Series lineup to arrive in June

New executive car for corporate bigwigs, newly-elected politicians

Top Gear Philippines - 2010 BMW 5-series to be sold in the Philippines starting June 2010 

Asian Carmakers Corp., the authorized distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines, will launch the all-new 5-Series sedan this June.

According to Asian Carmakers marketing director Maricar Parco, Asian Carmakers will initially bring in just a petrol variant of the 5-Series by May. The second variant, a diesel, will be made available before the end of the year.

The 5-Series variant that will first be introduced in the Philippines will be the 523i. Powering it will be an inline-six, 2.5-liter engine that will churn out 204hp and 270Nm of torque. Mated to it will be BMW's eight-speed Steptronic transmission to give the driver a semblance of manual control over the automatic system.

Designed by current BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk, the all-new 5-Series eschews the controversial ‘flame surfacing' design and ‘Bangle butt' rear end of its predecessor for a more conservative and sober look.

Although the 5-Series will officially be available in June, Asian Carmakers is already accepting pre-orders for the 5-series at P5.79 million.

As for the other 5-Series, the Gran Turismo, when asked if Asian Carmakers has any plan of bringing it here, Parco said, "we've received some inquiries about it but we haven't received a confirmed order for it yet."

"But if someone places an order and puts down the money for it, we'll be glad to bring it in," Parco added.

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