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New BMW 5 Series 2021 detailed: Mercedes-Benz E-Class rival channels inner 3 Series with facelift

The 5 Series has received its mid-life facelift.

BMW has revealed the facelifted version of the seventh-generation 5 Series large car.

Design-wise, the 5 Series and falls in line with the new-generation 3 Series mid-size car. This is evident by its front end, which is punctuated by sharper adaptive LED headlights, a bolder ‘kidney’ grille and a refreshed bumper.

The rear end gets three-dimensional LED tail-lights and a mildly tweaked bumper with trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes, while fresh sets of alloy wheels round out the external revisions alongside optional red brake callipers.

Inside, the 5 Series upgrades to BMW’s latest OS 7.0 multimedia system, which powers up to two 12.3-inch displays, the central touchscreen and digital instrument cluster. The former now also supports Android Auto.

The steering wheel has also been tweaked with rearranged multifunction buttons, while more gloss-black trim has been added to the centre console and more accent strips feature throughout.

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The 5 Series' suite of advanced driver-assist systems has expanded to include junction warning, emergency assist and reversing assistant, among others.

All non-performance petrol and diesel engines now have 48V mild hybridisation, with the system’s integrated starter-generator providing an 8kW power boost during off-the-line acceleration, while regenerative braking recharges the battery when decelerating.

Two plug-in hybrid variants are now available, including the returning 185kW/420Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder 530e (which can produce 215kW via its new XtraBoost function) and debuting 3.0-litre six-cylinder 545e that ups the ante with 290kW/600Nm.

For reference, the facelifted versions of the M550d and M5 performance variants are yet to be revealed, although the M550i has.

UPDATE: BMW Australia has confirmed the facelifted 5 Series will enter showrooms in October, with the 520i, 530e and M550i confirmed so far. Another petrol and a diesel are also locked in, likely the 530i and 530d.