The updated 2021 BMW 5 Series has finally had the shadows removed, with an Australian market launch confirmed for October 2020.
The BMW kidney grille has grown taller and wider, framed by a single-piece, octagonal surround. The headlights are also slimmer and feature two L-shaped daytime driving lights (which also perform the role of turn indicators) which BMW says brings a modern twist to the focused look familiar from BMW’s past and present.
The new full-LED headlights including adaptive cornering function, BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam with matrix technology and the High-beam Assistant all enhance night driving capability. BMW Laserlight is also available as an option on the new 5 Series.
To give a more visual impact at the rear, the new LED tail lights are surrounded by black edging with new three-dimensional L-shaped graphics. The rear lights and brake lights are integrated into a shared light fixture that now forms a single unit with the prominently three-dimensional external lens. All models of the new BMW 5 Series will come with trapezoidal tailpipe finishers, regardless of grade.
There are also new exterior colours and the BMW Individual Air Performance Wheels designed to reduce the wheels’ weight and air resistance make their debut on the new 5 Series.
On inside, there is a 12.3-inch control display, newly designed centre console controls and standard sports leather steering wheel with newly arranged multifunction buttons, including options for M Multifunctional seats derived from the BMW M5 Competition with a wide range of adjustments and two new interior trim strips.
The 2021 BMW 5 Series will come in M550i xDrive, M550i xDrive Pure, 530e plug-in hybrid, and two petrols and two diesels here in Australia.
For the performance fans at heart, the M550i is powered by a 390kW/750Nm twin turbocharged V8.
The 530e plug-in hybrid will produce between 135kW and 215kW – the latter through the XtraBoost function (included as standard) that delivers 10 seconds of additional power.
All engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard, with M550i xDrive and M550i xDrive Pure models benefiting from BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.
The latest version of the optional Integral Active Steering can come to the driver’s aid when manoeuvring by turning the rear wheels as required even at speeds under 3km/h.
Red brake calipers are also available as an alternative to the regular blue ones we’ve been accustomed to for the M Sport brakes.
Driver Assistance systems have also been updated in the new 5 Series to offer more functions.
The Lane Departure Warning system included with the optional Driving Assistant now also features lane return by means of steering assistance.
The Parking Assistant’s range of functions has been extended with the addition of the reversing assistant, which takes control of the steering while reversing for distances of up to 50 metres.
The new Drive Recorder lets drivers capture and store videos of the scene around the vehicle, while the new 3D visualisation of the surrounding area in the instrument cluster provides an enhanced overview of the current traffic situation, the status of the driver assistance systems and the possible courses of action they offer.
BMW Live Cockpit Professional brings the new BMW Operating System 7.0 to the BMW 5 Series, with BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant included as a standard feature.
In addition to calculating routes and arrival times with remarkable speed and precision and updating real-time traffic data at short intervals, the new cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps also allows drivers enter any word when selecting a destination.
The smartphone integration function is now compatible with both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while Remote Software Upgrade enables improved vehicle functions and additional digital services to be imported over the air.
The new BMW 5 Series will arrive in Australia this October with pricing and specification details to be announced closer to launch.