Earlier this month, fresh spy photos of the updated model appeared on the Web, so we have the opportunity to get a more accurate idea of what a restyled sedan will look like.
The seventh generation of the fifth BMW series in the back of the G30 was introduced in October 2016, and sales started at the beginning of 2017. We already published the renderings of the model in September last year, but now there is the opportunity to more accurately reproduce the front end. A restyled business sedan will receive evolutionary changes, while they will be very noticeable. So, the “nostrils” of the radiator grille will increase in size (first of all, in height), but their outlines will remain similar. New headlights will appear: they will become narrower in the central part, and their LED filling will completely change due to the appearance of L-shaped elements, which will become the next stage in the development of the so-called “angel eyes”. The front bumper is also completely new (the sedan in the M-package is shown on the renders), it has larger side air intakes of a modified shape, as well as decorative vertical stampings visually connected with the LED elements of the headlights and the bonnet connector. The hood and wings themselves will remain the same.
Judging by spy photos, the rear bumper may also not get any changes, but the lights are completely new. While they are hidden by camouflage film, which does not allow to accurately see their new design, however, we assume that the styling of the lights will overlap with the new BMW X5. And it is already visible that the direction indicators will be made in the form of narrow horizontal stripes located at the bottom of the rear optics, as on the new “three rubles” in the back of the G20.
The updated “five” should preserve a wide range of engines, and the biggest change will be the appearance of a hybrid plug-in modification 545e, which will borrow the power plant from the executive sedan 745e (its 6-cylinder 3-liter turbo engine and electric motor produce 388 hp in total) . As for the interior of the new product, global changes are not expected here, except for a more recent version of the iDrive multimedia and dashboard.
The premiere of the restyled 5 series will take place during this year.
Today in Russia, the base sedan of the 5 series is estimated at 3,180,000 rubles (520i AT, 184 hp). The most affordable diesel option will cost 70 thousand more (520d AT, 190 hp), with xDrive all-wheel drive – another plus 150 thousand. At the top of the “civilian” range is a 462-strong modification with the M550i xDrive index for 5,950,000 rubles.
Meanwhile, recently it became known that in a year BMW will get rid of half of the models with internal combustion engines.