The seventh-generation BMW 5-Series rolled into driveways in 2017. Since its debut, the updates have been minor, but the 2021 5-Series adds a refreshed appearance, new equipment, and more.
Visually, the 2021 BMW 5-Series will retain the Bimmer corporate look, but it’ll get a much-needed massage. Up front, the 2021 5-Series will gain a new nose with a wider and taller kidney grille with more pronounced vertical slats and refreshed LED headlights that are slimmer and feature dual L-shaped daytime running lights. Around back, the changes will include new trapezoidal tailpipes integrated into the bumper and L-shaped taillights with black edging and three-dimensional lenses.
Inside, the 2021 5-Series will remain mostly unchanged with its clean, executive-like design, but it’ll gain a few new features. The new features will include a 12.3-inch touchscreen in place of the old 10.3-inch unit, high-gloss-black center console buttons, standard sport seats, and a 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat.
Under its hood, the 2021 BMW 5-Series will remain mostly the same, but the six-cylinder and hybrid models will get mild updates. The base engine in the 530i models will remain a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The hybrid 530e will boast a 181-hp 2.0-liter engine and a 107-hp electric motor for a 288 hp – a 40-hp increase. The 540i’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine will remain at 335 hp, but it’ll gain a new 40-volt mild-hybrid system to help with initial launch. Finally, the 550i will keep its 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 523 hp. An eight-speed Steptronic transmission and rear-wheel drive will remain standard. All-wheel drive will remain standard on the 550i and an option on the 530i, 530e, and 540i.
In the safety department, the 2021 BMW 5-Series will come standard with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, and more. Optionally, buyers can add full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward cross-traffic alert, and more.