The updated 2021 BMW 5 Series has been revealed ahead of an Australian arrival in October.
According to BMW, the updated 5 Series range will feature refreshed styling, enhanced infotainment, additional safety technology and revised powertrains.
Style-wise, there’s a larger kidney grille framed by a single-piece octagonal surround, new bumpers, slimmer LED headlights, and two L-shaped daytime driving light sources arranged next to each other create a new light graphic.
The new LED headlights include the adaptive cornering function, BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high-beam with matrix technology and the High-beam Assistant. Buyers can option BMW’s Laserlight.
At the rear, the tail-lights and brake lights are integrated into a shared light fixture that now forms a single unit with the prominently three-dimensional external lens. All variants also get trapezoidal tailpipe finishers.
The 5 Series will also get an extended palette of metallic paints including hues from the BMW Individual range.
BMW has also tweaked the popular M Sport package which now includes new “dynamically proportioned aerodynamic features”, more exterior colour options and BMW Individual Air Performance Wheels.
On the inside, the headline act is the standard inclusion of the BMW OS7.0 infotainment system shown on two 12.3-inch screens (centre display and instrument binnacle).
The system includes the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, cloud-based satellite navigation, and both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The set-up also benefits from the Remote Software Upgrade feature.
New additions to the options list include M Multifunctional seats derived from the M5 Competition with a wide range of adjustments and two new interior trim strips.
While the Australian range is yet to be confirmed, BMW says it will offer three petrol engines, one diesel unit and a plug-in hybrid option. The latter will power the 530e model and generates between 135kW and 215kW thanks to the new XtraBoost function which delivers an additional dose of power under vigorous acceleration for up to 10 seconds. Expect the 530e to offer a fully electric driving range of around 60km.
The range will be topped by the M550i xDrive and M550i xDrive Pure which pack a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that produces 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque.
All engines are matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
It’s likely the range will also include the 520d, 520i, 530d and 530i. It's also worth mentioning, BMW Australia hasn't yet said whether or not the new Touring model will be offered.
The updated 5 Series range is set to arrive locally in October, full specification and pricing details will be announced closer to the launch date.
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