BMW has revealed its updated 5 Series lineup with revised styling and electrified powertrains. The photos here showcase the Sedan and Touring body styles, and all the 4- and 6-cylinder variants of these models will either be a plug-in hybrid or will have a mild-hybrid system.
The revised styling is similar to that of the 7th generation 3 Series and looks a bit more refined. Thankfully, there’s no oversized grille here and everything looks fairly proportional.
On the exterior, the car gets BMW Laserlight (optional), which has a throw of up to 650 metres; LED taillights with a new light signature, trapezoidal tailpipes, and up to 20-inch wheels. Buyers get the option of adding the M Sport package or the M Performance parts to spice things up.
Interestingly, the Sedan and Touring models have grown 27 mm and 21 mm longer, respectively. Both models now measure 4,963 mm long. Their width, height and wheelbase however, remain unchanged. The drag coefficients for the Sedan and Touring models are 0.23 Cd and 0.26 Cd, respectively.
The optional 20-inch Air Performance wheels are claimed to further reduce the drag coefficient by around 5% compared with conventional light-alloy wheels.
Things inside look very familiar with features such as the BMW Live Cockpit Professional (optional), which comprises a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment system. Other features include the optional M multifunction seats and the optional Sensatec perforated upholstery.
Optional safety and driver assistance features include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning with blind spot detection, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention, Rear Collision Warning, and Steering and Lane Control Assistant.
The 5 Series Touring gets the self-leveling air suspension at the rear axle as standard. The M Sport suspension is available for all engine variants except for the plug-in hybrid models. Part of the M Sport package, it gets a specially tuned spring and damper settings plus a 10 mm drop in ride height.
The Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers is available for all models. There’s also an option of Adaptive M suspension Professional, which adds active roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering to the electronically controlled dampers.
The M550i xDrive Sedan gets the M Sport brakes as standard with calipers painted either in Blue, as before, or a new red finish. It also gets the electronically controlled M Sport differential at the rear.
At launch, the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid models include the 530e xDrive Sedan, 530e xDrive Touring, and 545e xDrive Sedan. The petrol models include the 520i Sedan, 520i Touring, 530i xDrive Sedan, 530i xDrive Touring, 540i xDrive Sedan, 540i xDrive Touring, and M550i xDrive Sedan. On the diesel side, there’ll be the 520d xDrive Sedan, 520d xDrive Touring, 530d xDrive Sedan, 530d xDrive Touring, 540d xDrive Sedan, and 540d xDrive Touring.
The most powerful PHEV variant is the 545e xDrive Sedan. Its powertrain is a combination of a 3.0-litre (2,998 cc) in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine (286 hp, 450 Nm), and an electric motor (109 hp, 265 Nm) and the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The combined figures are 290 kW (394 hp) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. It also gets a pure electric range of up to 57 km (35 mi).
The most powerful petrol variant is, of course, the M550i xDrive Sedan. It packs a 4.4-litre (4,395 cc) V8 twin-turbo motor, producing 390 kW (530 hp) between 5500-6000 rpm and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque between 1800-4600 rpm, paired with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and xDrive AWD system. This variant is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. This is the only variant that doesn’t get the 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
On the diesel side, the most powerful one is the 540d xDrive, available in both Sedan and Touring models. It packs a 3.0-litre (2,993 cc) in-line 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, producing 250 kW (340 hp) at 4,400 rpm and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque between 1750-2250 rpm.
Depending on the market, both the Sedan and Touring models will be available from July 2020. More information here.