Official images of the facelifted BMW 5 Series saloon have leaked online via social media. The images give us our first undisguised look at the restyle, which will form part of a range of updates which should also introduce an updated engine lineup and improved driver assistance tech.
As predicted by our previous sightings of camouflaged prototypes, changes to exterior design, made clear in these images leaked on Instagram, are fairly subtle. Contrary to other recent models, BMW designers have resisted the urge to enlarge the grille too much; the new item sits slightly further proud of the front end than before, and the two kidney elements now touch in the centre.
The new grille is flanked by a set of slimmer headlights, whose LED lighting graphics flow into a new, more angular bumper, and overall the new 5 Series strikes a closer resemblance to the 3 Series. Around the back, the only significant change comes in the form of a new LED signature for the tail lights. Expect some new wheel and colour designs too.
Meanwhile, we know that the interior will gain BMW’s latest 12.3-inch iDrive infotainment system (as found in the new X5 and X6), while a range of trim and upholstery updates will help the 5 Series keep pace with the benchmark set by the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6.
BMW will revise the 530e iPerformance’s plug-in hybrid powertrain for 2020, as hinted by the “hybrid test vehicle” branding spotted on a test mule last year. The updated variant could feature a larger capacity battery pack, with a view to increasing the current model’s all-electric, zero-emissions range of 31 miles on a single charge. The 5 Series’s conventional engine range will also likely receive various efficiency revisions.
BMW also looks set to add a new M550i variant to the UK 5 Series range; a model previously only available in the German, Russian and American markets. The new variant could feature a 455bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive.
It will act as a go-between for BMW’s base-spec 5 Series and the performance-bred M5, hitting 0–62mph time in around four seconds en route to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. BMW is yet to confirm pricing, but the North American 5 Series market indicates a starting price of around £64,000.
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