BMW is pretending those revealing leaks never happened.
Just last month, the new 2021 BMW 5 Series facelift leaked in all its glory. This was one of several new BMW models that have leaked in recent weeks, including the next-generation 2 Series Coupe and the iX3 electric SUV. BMW is pretending these revealing leaks never happened and has started its teaser campaign for the new 5 Series facelift. Technically, then, this is our first official look at the 2021 BMW 5 Series. A shadowy image previews the refreshed front fascia, highlighting the sedan's sleeker headlights.
We don't have to wait long for the 2021 BMW 5 Series to break cover either, as BMW has confirmed the facelifted sedan will debut in less than two weeks, so the countdown has officially begun.
Specifically, BMW will showcase the updated plug-in hybrid 5 Series with the M Sport package that adds larger wheels and more aggressive front and rear fascias.
As we saw from the leaked photos, the kidney grilles will also be redesigned. Don't worry though, they won't be as jarringly large as the upcoming next-generation 4 Series. The taillight design has also been tweaked, giving the 5 Series a more modern look. BMW is keeping the 530e Plug-in Hybrid's specifications under wraps for now, but it will likely be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric producing a combined 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
This matches the output of its smaller BMW 330e sibling. A more powerful '545e' variant is also expected to join the 2021 5 Series lineup with a detuned version of the 745e xDrive iPerformance's setup.
The electrified 7 Series uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produces a combined output of 389 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, which would be a significant improvement over the 530e. After the 2021 5 Series facelift debuts, it will spawn an updated version of the M5 and a new hot M5 CS.