BMW 5 Series facelift revealed

Ruben Fields
May 28, 2020

There's a new M Sport package too, along with BMW Individual Air Performance Wheels, created to reduce the wheels' weight and air resistance.

A reworked M5 will be unveiled later in 2020.

You're looking at the newer, facelifted BMW 5-series. Well, from the spy shots the new 5 will sport a larger grille, newly-designed headlights and changes to the rear fascia and LED tail lights according to motor1.com. At the rear, we get lights much like the 3-series, but tweaked for this car's more premium aesthetic.

The demise of the 6 Series GT in the United Kingdom is put down the increasing popularity of BMW's SUV models, which, company officials say, offer similar levels of practicality in combination with greater ride height and a higher seating position.

BMW says the adoption of new bumpers has increased the length of the sedan by 27mm and the Touring by 21mm, and both now measure 4,963mm. Refinements to the aerodynamics - most notably with underbody cladding and an active air flap control system for the radiator - net the sedan a drag coefficient that is described as class-leading, at 0.23Cd, while the Touring is put at 0.26Cd. There's a new iDrive 7 infotainment system with 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch touchscreen display. Sports seats appear inside, and the interior gets a dash of anthracite. An option package adds adaptive cruise control, front cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot crash prevention, and a system that handles the steering, brakes, and acceleration at speeds slower than 40 miles per hour.

Interestingly, BMW SA furthermore confirms the local line-up will include "no hybrid models", meaning the addition of 48 V systems to various four- and six-cylinder engines in Europe will not be implemented here (the plug-in hybrid 530e and 545e xDrive are seemingly off the table, too). It adds a 48V starter-generator and a second battery. Together, they provide an 11hp temporary boost to the engine's power reserves as well as a number of new fuel-saving features.

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In India, we expect the German luxury carmaker to offer 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre engines in both petrol and diesel guise. The 530i and 540i are available with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or optional all-wheel drive (AWD). A turbocharged V8 engine will power the updated M550i, generating 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in the current model.

There are three diesels engine on offer: a four-cylinder tuned to 190hp in the 520d and two six-cylinder units that produce 285hp in the 530d and 340hp in the 540d xDrive variant. BMW has not yet announced any updates for the high-performance M5. On a full charge, it has a WLTP-certified electric-only range of up to 68km.

The next step up is the 2021 540i that uses a turbo inline-6 spinning out 335 hp that's paired to a mild-hybrid system that's new this year.

All engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that has been updated for smoothness, efficiency, and response.

We happen to think the color suits the styling of the M550i quite nicely, accentuating some of the character lines, particularly those that run along the sides of the auto. The signature BMW twin-kidney grille is taller and wider to match other recent BMWs, with more pronounced vertical grille bars.

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