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2021 BMW 5-Series facelift revealed via digital world premiere

Written by Nizam Shaikh

BMW in a digital world premiere has taken the wraps off the 2021 new BMW 5 Series in both the sedan and the touring (station wagon) forms which rivals the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 2021 facelift includes changes to not only the exteriors of the car but, the engine and the new facelift also receives new equipment for 2021. The 2021 BMW 5 Series sedan is also longer by 27mm thanks to the refreshed design of its bumper. 

On the exterior, the 2021 facelift 5 Series features a wider signature BMW grille with vertical slats and a chrome frame but positioned lower than before, the grille now gets a new single-frame design, wide air dam with angular bumper features, raised bonnet ridges, rounded wheel arches, shoulder character lines, Y-spoked machine cut alloy wheels, shark fin antenna, front fender gills, redesigned rear bumper with piano black embellishment and twin trapezoidal exhaust outlets.

The facelift 5 Series features revised sleeker headlamp units with L-shaped daytime running lights, turn indicators located in special light modules, options such as adaptive LED headlamps with matrix function, BMW Laserlight is now available as an option for all BMW 5 Series models which was earlier offered in select high-end BMW models. The taillamps also come with a new three-dimensional sculpted rear lights with new graphics that bring the car in-line with the new 3 Series.

On the interiors, the 2021 BMW 5 Series facelift features 10.25-inch central information display with in-built navigation, Bluetooth & USB ports, 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional instruments cluster, engine Start/Stop button, dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable standard seats and optional sports seats and comfort seats along with new M multifunction seats that were previously available only on the BMW M5. 

In the engine department, the 2021 facelift 5 Series comes with 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines in 184 Hp on the 520i, 252 Hp on the 530i, 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with 333 Hp on the 540i and 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with 530 Hp on the BMW M550i xDrive Sedan. The diesel line-up includes 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 190 Hp on the BMW 520d, 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with 286 hp on the 530d and 340 Hp on the 540d. The BMW 5 Series will also be sold with the plug-in hybrid powertrains that come with 2.0-litre four-cylinder 184 Hp petrol engine with a combined output of 292 Hp on the BMW 530e and 3.0-litre six-cylinder 286 Hp petrol engine with the combined output of 394 Hp on the BMW 545e. All engines come paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.   

Although BMW has not officially announced the 2021 facelift 5 Series for India the car is expected to come the Indian market soon. In the Indian market, the brand has recently launched the new BMW 530i Sport in now available with BMW dealerships at the price of INR 55.40 lakh ex-showroom. The new BMW 530i Sport is locally produced at BMW Group’s manufacturing facility in Chennai and is BS6 standards-compliant.