BMW introduced the updated BMW 5-SeriesMay 27, 2020
The updated 5-Series still includes four modifications of the 530i, 540i, M550i and the hybrid 530e.
The BMW 5-Series has undergone a comprehensive, albeit modest, upgrade that is designed to compete with the more aggressive restyled Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the still-fresh Audi A6. The new 2021 model year will consist of the 530i version with 248 hp, the 540i with 335 hp, the M550i with 523 hp and 530e hybrid model with 288 hp
All models will still be available with rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive called xDrive, with the exception of the M550i xDrive. The even more powerful M5 will be updated in the near future.
At first glance, the updated BMW 5-Series looks more angular and a little more evil, its LED headlights have sharp folds. The protruding grille also looks more assertive, and while the headlights get L-shaped lighting elements, the same elements now disappear from the rear lights. The exhaust pipes now look the same regardless of the engine.
Higher and wider, the new grilles emphasize their affinity with the 7-Series and X7. The side view holds a curious line of characters that turns into a C-pillar. And the M550i, as before, gets a bronze finish. Overall, we like the new look, and the 5-Series still looks more agile and sporty than its competitors.
Inside, the visual changes are modest, with new contrasting stitching as the most notable improvement. However, driver assistance and infotainment systems have improved markedly with new cloud maps and many additional options that do everything possible to distract you, while at the same time potentially saving you from the consequences of distraction.
Although the 530i turbocharged engine remains unchanged, the 540i in-line powerplant is equipped with a 48-volt hybrid system that can offer a small electrical boost to overcome any turbo lag. It should also improve fuel economy a bit and smooth out the auto start / stop function. The 530e hybrid plug-in receives a much more substantial boost from the 107-horsepower electric motor that is integrated into the eight-speed ZF. But perhaps the recently updated 4.4-liter V8 in the M550i with 523 hp remains our favorite engine.
Prices for the updated 5-Series start at $ 55,195 for the 530i sedan, $ 58,195 for the 530e hybrid, $ 60,445 for the 540i and $ 77,795 for the M550i xDrive. BMW reports that 5-Series 2021 models were reached by U.S. dealers in July 2020.
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