2021 BMW 5 Series Release Date – Spy images of partially camouflaged BMW 5 Series sedans and carts keep coming. The latest batch of photos provides another look at the wagon and for the first time a look inside, too. However, this is an update, which means that much of the car will remain unchanged.
2021 BMW 5 Series Release Date
Inside, this means that customers should expect an interior without significant changes. The images show the infotainment screen has grown in size, which is expected given the trend for larger screens in modern cars. New software must accompany the new screen. It is not significant; but an update is not a complete redesign.
The same restrained efforts inside also translate outside. Much of the BMW 5 Series Touring in Spy photos carries just enough camouflage to hide the imminent visual upgrades. Like other models being updated, the BMW 5 Series will receive updated headlights and taillight designs. These will pair with a new front fascia, including a larger grille, and a slightly redesigned rear bumper.
Powertrains will depend on the market with BMW selling the current 5 series with a range of petrol, diesel, and hybrid powertrains, which should transfer to the updated model. Sizes range from base 2.0-liter to Range-topping Twin turbocharged V8 in the M5. But the 5 Series will also receive a plug-in hybrid option. This will borrow electrified Powertrain Control from the larger, and already refreshed, 7 Series.
In the 7 Series, BMW pairs a Turbocharged inline-six engine with an electric motor to produce 389 horsepower (290 kilowatts). It will be slightly subdued for the 5 Series, which produces around 375 HP (279 kW) in the updated model.
The next BMW 5 Series will not change much when it debuts mid-to-late next year before going on sale as what is expected to be a 2021 model. One of the bigger mysteries about the model is the radiator grille, which has grown quite large on other recent BMW models. It doesn’t look like the 5 Series’ grille will suffer the same fate.
There is certainly no shortage of spy pictures with the refreshed BMW 5 Series. We have seen the facelifted mid-size model from Bayern test as both sedan and wagon, and today we are happy to share the most revealing spy shots to date. They come from Nurburgring and show two different prototypes.
The first is a dark blue 5 Series Touring, which looks very similar to the test car we spotted earlier this month. It has the same amount of camouflage and even the same wheels, but the license plates tell us that this is another car.
The front cover obviously includes fake components, but we are able to see several of the headlights which will get new internal graphics with a more pronounced LED daytime running light signature. One thing this concealment hints at is that kidney grids will not grow larger on the refreshed model, but nothing can be confirmed at this time.
There is also a dark blue sedan prototype that rides on larger wheels that conceal massive brake calibers. Don’t let the M badges fool you – this is not a full-blown M5 but probably a performance diesel-powered model, equipped with the M performance package. The refreshed M550d is probably a good guess.
Speaking of engines, the facelifted 5 series is expected to get a new hybrid option. Currently called the 545e xDrive, it will share its plug-in Powertrain Control with 745e xDrive inperformance, meaning the undercooler helmet will be a tune 3.0-liter Turbo straight-six paired with an electric motor. At 5 PHEV, the combined system output is expected to be around 375 horsepower (280 kilowatts).
Don’t hold your breath for a reveal in the coming months as we expect to see the 5 Series LCI towards the second half of 2020, just in time for the 2021 model year.