Asian countries, Japan and China specifically, get a lot of attention from luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes. Today, BMW has announced that it will deliver yet another special model to Asia in the form of the Japan-exclusive 5 Series Grace Line.

The Grace Line will be a package, much like the Sport Line and Luxury Line, but BMW will limit it to only 160 examples. Unlike so many “special” models exclusive to Asia, this limited 5 Series actually offers a lot of bang for the buck.

This model gains two exclusive colors (mineral and gray), exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, exclusive matte-chrome bars on the grille, adaptive LED headlights, LED turn signals, LED cornering lights, LED fog lights, and a high-gloss Shadow Line exterior. On the inside, this special Bimmer gains Dakota leather sport seats with contrast stitching, heated front seats, a multifunction M steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather, a rear-window electric blind, and dedicated interior badges. As an option, buyers can also add a sunroof.

The Grace Line will be available on two versions of the BMW 5 Series, the 523i and the 523d. The 523i features a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine, which produces 135 kW (181 horsepower) and 270 Nm (199 foot-pounds) of torque. The 523d has a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that churns out 135 kW (181 horsepower) and 380 Nm (280 pound-feet) of torque. Both models use an eight-speed auto transmission.

Both the 523i Grace Line and the 523d Grace Line will hit showrooms on June 13th, 2015. The 523i will start from ¥7,200,000 ($57,855 as of 2015) and the 523d will base at ¥7,430,000 ($59,703 as of 2015).

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Why it matters

Typically, these special models for Asia are almost worthy of being ignored, as they often include just a new name, a few small features, and a limited production run. The 5 Series Grace Line, on the other hand, has plenty of extra goodies to warrant the extra price, plus it has the limited status and exclusive bits to make it desirable in the future. It would be nice to see BMW offer this package on more powerful versions of the 5er though.

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