BMW has been teasing the facelifted seventh-generation 5 Series for a while and we knew it wouldn’t be too long before we go to see it - and now it has finally been revealed. Pictured are the 530e (blue) and 540i (white) but the new 5 Series will be available with four different engine options.
The 2021 model year changes are pretty significant; all models get a new front fascia with an updated kidney grille design and sculpted LED headlights. The rear end features new L-shaped taillights and trapezoidal tailpipe finishers. M Sport Package cars get redesigned front and rear bumpers, larger front air intakes with mesh inserts, and a re-sculptured rear diffuser. The M550i xDrive model receives an Aerodynamic kit from the M Sport Package, adding a rear boot lid spoiler and Cerium Grey exterior accents.
The base trims are the 530i and 530i xDrive and they get a 248 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. New 530e and 530e xDrive PHEV models join the range and have 288 horses. The mid-level 540i and 540i xDrive are still powered by a turbocharged inline-six that has 335 horses but now feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
A range-topping M550i xDrive model will sit below the upcoming M5 facelift and features a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 523 horses. The 530e and 530e xDrive get a new generation of BMW's eDrive technology with a 181 horses 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a 107 horsepower electric motor. A new XtraBoost feature adds an additional 40 horses for 10 seconds. As for the inline-six-powered 540i, it now features a 48-volt starter-generator to improve fuel economy. The system can recapture energy when coasting or braking that can be used to supply 11 horses when the turbocharger isn't fully spooled. It will hit 100kph in 4.9 seconds or 4.6 seconds with xDrive. The 530i does it in 5.9 seconds (5.8 with xDrive) while the V8-powered M550i xDrive takes just 3.6 seconds.
Inside, the 5 Series gets a massive tech upgrade with standard Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7. This system includes a 12.3in digital instrument display and a 12.3in touchscreen that now features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Perforated SensaTec upholstery comes standard on four- and six-cylinder models while Dakota Leather comes standard on the M550i and optional on other models. Sports seats are the standard chairs on lower models while M Multi-contour seats come standard on the M550i xDrive.
Pricing starts at $54,200 for the 530i while the range-topping M550i xDrive is $76,800. First deliveries are scheduled as soon as July 2020.