BMW introduced the current 5-Series, three years ago, so it’s quite clear this partly camouflaged prototype hides mid-cycle refresh that will bring mostly cosmetic changes. This way, the automaker will keep the model competitive for a few more years.
This particular testing model is the sporty 2021 BMW 5-Series M Sport Pack. It shows a pair of restyled headlights, more pronounced LED daytime running lamps, and a new bumper in the front, as well as new graphics for the taillights around back. The car seems to be featuring an updated grille too. However, the grille keeps its size untouched, which means it’s not going to get BMW’s oversized nostrils which will be showcased with the upcoming M3 for the first time.
The updated 5-Series will not get too many changes inside. As a matter of fact, the only thing it’s going to be new is a larger touchscreen infotainment display. Maybe the carmaker decides to add a more modern instrument cluster, but this is not confirmed so far.
Things will be a little bit different under the hood as well. The popular sedan will reportedly get a new option. This model which will be named 545e xDrive is going to exploit a similar drivetrain as the 745e xDrive iPerformance. To be more precise, the facelifted 5-Series hybrid will exploit a detuned 3.0-liter straight-six and an electric motor with the combined output of around 375 horsepower.
The updated 2021 BMW 5-Series will make its official debut in the second half of the next year.