We had been left unimpressed with the seventh-generation BMW 5-Series again when it launched for 2017. It was extra luxurious and fewer sport than we wished, and we yearned for the times the 5 had issues the opposite approach round. Now that a number of years have handed, BMW has taken the wraps off the refreshed 2021 BMW 5-Sequence, and, guess what? It arguably seems to be extra lux and fewer sporting than ever. That doesn’t imply the modifications aren’t upgrades, although.
Your complete 5-Sequence lineup undergoes an intensive makeover for the 2021 mannequin yr. The obvious modifications are to its bodywork. The grille, unsurprisingly, swells barely—now wider and taller than earlier than. The design of the automobile’s customary LED headlights now brings its seems to be in keeping with these of the smaller 3-Series. All 5-Sequence fashions get new taillights and tailpipes, too.
Mild modifications to the remainder of the bodywork make the 5er extra aerodynamic. BMW claims that in 530e guise the brand new automobile has a coefficient of drag as little as 0.27. The highest of the conventional 5-series vary, the M550i, now will get BMW’s aerodynamic package as customary gear.
Beneath the visible upgrades lie some key modifications to the automobile’s powertrains. Six-cylinder fashions function 48-volt, mild-hybrid tech. Like many others, the system pairs the straight-six with an electrical motor that improves acceleration response and effectivity. The 48-volt system additionally brings a extra seamless start-stop function and permits the automobile to coast with the engine utterly off—not simply disconnected from the drivetrain—at speeds as much as 99 miles per hour.
The 2021 BMW 530e additionally will get some new engine tech that reinforces general energy output. The 181-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine is augmented by a brand new, 107-hp electrical motor. The powertrain pairs with an eight-speed computerized transmission. Because of its new motor, the 530e fashions achieve an additional 40 horses over the earlier mannequin, bringing complete system output to 288 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque.
Energy for 530i and 540i fashions stay the identical, though BMW notes it made modifications to each powertrains’ turbochargers and VANOS variable valve timing system. The M550i, nevertheless, will get an enormous bump in energy. The top-of-the-line model used to make 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, however due to some fiddling, it now produces a whopping 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of twist.
Most 5-Sequence fashions push energy to the rear wheels and provide all-wheel drive as an choice (generally known as xDrive in BMW parlance). The lone exception is the M550i, which is all-wheel-drive solely. Different choices accessible throughout the vary embody BMW’s M Sport bundle, which gives new springs and dampers which might be turned for extra spirited driving. A intelligent adaptive suspension system is offered on the 540i that displays the extent of damping at every wheel and makes an attempt to supply a pleasant stability between dealing with and luxury.
Inside, the 5 advantages from various element modifications that make it much more of a tech tour-de-force. All fashions get a 12.3-inch digital driver’s show and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment setup. In-dash navigation, in addition to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, comes customary. Fake-leather trim comes customary for many who want to forgo cowhides.
As you would possibly come to count on from any new automobile within the fashionable period, the brand new 5 comes with various customary security programs, with much more accessible as choices. Lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and various different driver aids are included on all fashions. Consumers may go for the Driving Help Plus bundle, which provides adaptive cruise management, traffic-jam help that provides hands-free driving in visitors, and entrance cross-traffic alert.
Pricing for the 2021 BMW 5-Sequence begins at $55,195, and it goes up from there. The 530e begins at $58,195, whereas all-wheel drive is an additional $2,000 (identical goes for the entry-level 530i). The six-cylinder 540i begins at $60,445 and all-wheel-drive provides $2,300 to the invoice. The vary tops out with the $77,795 M550i xDrive. Get your checkbooks prepared, as a result of BMW will begin taking orders for the brand new and improved 5er this month.