BMW 5 Series getting ready for upgradeApril 1, 2020
The current generation of the BMW 5 Series is about halfway through its life cycle, and it may take a long time before facelift takes place.
Using BMW’s bizarre terminology, Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) is how the Bavarians themselves describe the mid-cycle updates that their products undergo about 3-4 years after a generation change. The seventh generation of the 5 Series was introduced back in October 2016 and went on sale in early 2017, so it’s almost time for the rival Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class to freshen up in order to remain competitive.
Photo spies noticed a couple of prototypes representing the revised 5 Series, one of which was a model of higher specification in the form of the M Sport. They can be easily distinguished thanks to the large air intakes and the wheels of a more expensive finish, not to mention the blue paint compared to the smaller black prototype. Both have the same exhaust tips, but the ones on the M Sport are black.
Despite the fact that the front and rear of both prototypes have a lot of camouflage, one can easily say that the cars have new headlights and taillights. Journalists were able to capture the updated turn signals in the form of LED strip in the same spirit as the last 3 Series.
Some differences are also noticeable in the front and rear bumpers for different trim levels, but nothing special. It is worth noting that the size of the grille will not increase significantly with facelift in the middle of the cycle, which cannot be said about other recent BMW products. It is highly unlikely that drastic changes will occur in the interior, since this is not what the company usually does with the LCI model. However, the latest versions of digital instrument cluster displays and the iDrive infotainment system are expected, as well as more security technologies.
To avoid a “midlife crisis”, it is rumored that the 5 Series received a hybrid version with the 545e, borrowing the installation from the larger 745e xDrive with a total power of 388 hp. from a six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbo engine and electric motor. This should lead to decent performance, given that the heavier 745e takes 4.9 seconds to accelerate to 96 km / h, which is not so bad for a weight of almost 2,200 kg.
In addition to the new plug-in hybrid option, BMW is also working on a special version of the M5 CS, which will be released in a limited edition. The prototype was spotted without camouflage in October 2019 on gold wheels with a “CS” badge, indicating its upcoming debut. According to preliminary information, the new more compact Twin-Turbo V8 with a capacity of more than 617 hp, offered by the M5 Competition, code-named “S68”, which will appear no earlier than in a couple of years, is in operation.
Meanwhile, the standard BMW 5 Series sedan and Touring should appear in the European dealerships of the Bavarian brand by the end of 2020.
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