The cover has just been pulled off the 2021 BMW 5 Series, which has received a refresh, which includes updated styling and electrified powertrains.
On the outside, the changes are minimal with the biggest updates being at the front where there are new sharper headlights that look closer to the 3 Series and an updated kidney grille. The 5 Series now has a sleeker face that also looks a bit more modern than before. The changes at the rear are smaller, with updated taillights that also look similar to the 3 Series.
Under the hood there are bigger changes. For starters the 530i and 530i xDrive models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. If you want something more green, there’s the 530e plug-in hybrid, which generates a combined 288 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque.
If you want more power, then there’s the 540i, which now mates a 3.0-liter inline-six to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The 540i has 335 horsepower on tap and 332 lb-ft. of torque.
If that’s still not enough power, the M550i is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 turbocharged engine with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft., which gives it a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed up to 155 mph with performance tires.
BMW has yet to unveil the updated M5.
Inside there’s the iDrive 7 infotainment system, which now has a 12.3-inch screen that replaces the old 10.25-inch screen. A navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. In front of the driver there’s also a digital gauge cluster.
To keep everyone safe, the 2021 5 Series features the latest driver assistance tech features, like automatic emergency braking, a blind spot monitor, lane-keep assist and automatic high beams.
The 2021 BMW 5 Series starts at $55,195, including the destination fees.