The BMW 5 Series saloon is getting a mid-cycle update for 2021, and depending on one’s point of view, the updated styling looks either refreshingly restrained or unimaginative. The midsize saloon will make its official debut on 27 May in Korea, alongside a likewise-facelifted 6 Series Gran Turismo.
Based on the shadowy teaser BMW Korea posted on Instagram, the life cycle impulse (or LCI, BMW-speak for facelift) 5 Series will retain surprisingly understated styling, particularly the kidney grille. Although a bit larger (and reshaped to recall the 8 Series), the 5er’s new air inlets aren’t nearly as extreme as those of the refreshed 7 Series.
BMW Korea also released a very heritage-friendly teaser video on Instagram, showing each previous generation of 5 Series in rapid succession before offering up a silhouette of the G30 LCI. The current 5 Series marked something of a return to form for the nameplate, with more athletic handling and cleaner styling than the car it replaced. The facelift likely won’t buck the trend, although don’t be surprised to see added power and torque.
The base 530i will likely get a power boost from its 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four, going from 248 bhp and 258 pound-feet (185 kilowatts and 350 newton-metres) to 255 bhp and 295 lb-ft (190 kW and 400 Nm). The 540i’s 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six will likely give way to the latest version of that engine, found under the bonnet of the 2019 BMW M340i where it makes 368 bhp and 369 lb-ft (275 kW and 500 Nm).
We’re not so sure about the M550i and its twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 – it might soldier on unchanged, making 523 bhp and 553 lb-ft (390 kW and 750 Nm). The top-dog BMW M5 will also likely retain the same BMW M–tuned 4.4-litre V8, which makes 591 bhp and 553 lb-ft (441 kW and 790 Nm) in standard form, with power output rising to 617 bhp (460 kW) on the M5 Competition.