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2021 BMW 5 Series Facelift Spied for the First Time

What, already? Yes, already. Even though the 5 Series is a brand new car, BMW is now working on a mid-life facelift for the whole range. These first spyshots reveal changes that should debut towards the end of 2020.
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Frankly, we're not surprised by the move. The W213 E-Class is also undergoing a mid-life refresh, which is a weekly sighting in Germany. The two models have always been fiercely competitive, and it's only gotten worse after the Audi A6 joined the fight.

But what can we expect from this updated 5er? Well, the prototype shown here is a sedan, and probably a hybrid as well. We know that BMW wants to update the 530e, bringing it to the forefront of plug-in hybrid competitiveness. Two major updates are expected here: more range (currently 31mi/50km) and much more electric power (expect about 200 HP).

There might actually be two plug-in hybrid models, the other one borrowing the 390 horsepower six-cylinder setup from things like the 745e and the X5 xDrive45e.

Cosmetically, we see updates to the kidney grille. While this new design isn't as tall as that of the 7 Series, it is undoubtedly larger and connects in the middle, something BMW purists probably won't like. We can't wait to see how the facelift impacts the super-sexy M5 Competition or if new versions are added, such as an E-Class All-Terrain rival or a pure electric i5. In that regard, the famous maker of the 8-speed automatic, ZF, has just announced a 2-speed EV gearbox.

It's too early to judge the refresh for the lower front bumper, but this seems to copy the normal line of the 7 Series, getting rid of the plastic for the side intakes. New headlights with a slimmer profile will be accompanied by refreshed LED graphics at the back of the car.

 
 
 
 
 

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