Following a number of spy photos on the net, BMW has finally taken the wraps off its facelifted 5 Series.
If you are familiar with the design of the current BMW 3 Series you will understand where the design language of the refreshed 5 Series comes from.
Sadly, the massive grille is not part of the update. The new 5 Series comes with sleeker, more linear LED running lights. BMW’s efforts to grow the kidney grille also apply here, with new longer and wider pieces, along with a revised front fascia on M-Sport models.
The taillights are also tweaked with new L-shaped signature inlays to match the headlights and slim black trim surrounding them.
Inside, the facelifted 5 Series comes with BMW’s latest in infotainment tech: iDrive 7. The hardware is upgraded to a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, complemented by equal-sized centre touchscreen. BMW’s native navigation software, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come along for the ride without having to tick an option box.
The refreshed BMW 5 Series engine variants consist of the 530i, 530e plug-in, 540i, and M550i. The headline is a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system for the six-cylinder 540i model, which the company says makes the car more efficient and responsive. Its power is still rated at 250 kW, although the mild-hybrid system provides a quicker off-the-line response with its new electric assist.
The 530e plug-in hybrid spawns a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine plus an electric drive unit. Its power is rated at 215 kW and 420 Nm of torque.
The M550i xDrive makes use of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine with 390 kW of power and 723 Nm of power. BMW says it has worked on the transmission’s hardware for faster shift times.
There is still no information on the BMW M5, though.
For the record, the local range of the BMW 5 Series consists of the 520i, 520d, 530i, 530d, 540i and the M5.
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