May 27, 2020 By Gerard Jude Castillo

The BMW 5-Series gets a refresh, with added power for its hybrid offerings

It may look pretty much the same as the pre-facelifted model, save for a few changes to the headlights, kidney grille, taillights, and a few trim pieces. Yet the 2021 BMW 5-Series has a few new things up its automotive sleeve.

The cabin, for instance, now boasts of new 12.3-inch screens for both the instrument cluster and infotainment display. The latter now features iDrive 7, which is said to be much more responsive and with new functions.

But apart from the cosmetics, the biggest changes lie under the bonnet. BMW has a new 48-volt mild hybrid generator to complement the 540i’s 335 bhp six-cylinder motor. It is said to be quicker off the line and more fuel efficient.

This is joined by the more potent 530e with 288 bhp and 310 lb-ft. from a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline motor and electric mill. There is even an XtraBoost function that gives an extra surge of power for up to 10 seconds.

Those that want performance short of the mighty M5 can go for the M550i xDrive with its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 523 bhp and 533 lb-ft, mated to a sport transmission. This one is good for a 3.6-second 0-100 km/h time.

The 2021 BMW 5-Series should hit dealerships by July of this year.

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