BMW announced today that its entry-level 5 Series — the 2011 528i — will carry a base price of $45,425, including an $875 destination fee.
The 528i comprises BMW’s 3.0-liter inline-6 engine with magnesium-aluminum construction and 240 horsepower. It also has BMW’s new 8-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment.
In spite of these developments, the base MSRP is $1,400 lesser than the 528i’s 2010 predecessor.
As far as features go, the 528i comes standard with a moonroof and 17-inch wheels and all-season run-flats, while the sport package ups the wheel size to 18 inches and adds summer tires. Options and packages for the 528i are very similar to the 535i Sedan with a few exceptions. Xenon headlights will be a stand-alone option on the 528i. The Dynamic Handling Package will provide Driving Dynamics Control and Dynamic Damping Control, which is quick enough to adjust the damping at a rear wheel after a front wheel has encountered a road imperfection at highway speeds. Integral Active Steering is not offered on the 528i.
The prices for the 2011 BMW 535i are starting from $50,475 while the prices for the most expensive model, the 2011 BMW 550i, are starting from $60,575.