Structure, form, performance, and overall excellence--these are the characteristics of BMW’s 528i. The 528i’s evolutionary styling made it the sports sedan to beat. BMW has always been known to develop cars with strong, distinctive profiles, elegant, powerful, and innovative midrange sedans, leaving its competition breathless. The BMW 528i will always be synonymous to pure driving pleasure.
1972(First Generation): The 5-Series Makes a Debut
Designed with sleek and stretched lines, a low waistline, and large windows, the BMW 5-series was a stand out during the 1972 Frankfurt Motor Show, It was reminiscent of the legendary BMW “Baroque Angel” 501 and the BMW 507 sports sedan. The engineers at BMW used the latest technology to make precise calculation on the sedan’s deformation zones to maximize occupant safety. The BMW 5-series was powered by a 6-cylinder engine which delivered 145-horsepower, a first in the market. A 4-cylinder engine delivering between 115 and 130-horsepower was another option available for the BMW 5 series.
1983 (Second Generation): Introducing the Diesel Engine
Retaining its large windows and clear lines, BMW launched another model in 1982. The new 5-series offered more space within its interior and an improved occupant safety system. A double-joint front axle and semi-trailing arm rear axle enhanced the sedan’s riding comfort. The BMW 5-series was lighter and a variety of modern electronic systems were integrated into the sedan. An electronic fuel injection system to anti-lock brakes via an on-board computer were some of the innovative technologies adapted by the BMW Engineers. In 1983, BMW introduced a 2.4-liter straight-six turbo diesel engine with a 115-horsepower output. Nearly every diesel skeptic was impressed with BMW’s take on the frequently contested sedan diesel market.
1988 (Third Generation): The BMW 5-Series Firsts
During its third generation, the BMW 528i was fitted with a catalytic converter to properly manage engine emissions. Electronically-controlled dampers were added to the sedan’s suspension to ensure occupant safety. Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Servo-tronic Steering Assistance were also added to assist the sedan’s anti-lock braking system. A self-leveling device was built into the 528i’s rear axle to lower the noise from the sedan’s body. More than 1.3 million units of the third generation BMW 5-series were sold all over the world.
1995 (Fourth Generation): The Light Alloy Suspension System
Dual-round headlights behind a glass cover and ring-shaped daytime driving lights were added to the BMW 5-series during its fourth generation. A multi-function steering wheel, Dynamic Stability Control, active seats, and a navigation system were some of the new features added to the 5-series. An all-aluminum power unit and suspension system helped reduce the sedan’s overall weight. Technical innovations on the 5-series gas and diesel engines gave it more power and reduced their fuel consumption.
2003 (Fifth Generation): An Efficient BMW 528i
Flowing transitions from the sedan’s front, side, and rear gave the 5-series its characteristic note. A total of 10 engine variants were offered during its fifth generation. These were six gas and four diesel engines, which can give out between 170 to 367-horsepower. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is the most important innovation on the 5-series, which improved its handling. Brake Energy Regeneration, a Heads-Up Display (HUD), and BMW Night Vision were some of the new features on the 5-series. BMW continues to develop sedans with outstanding efficiency and innovative technology.