Don’t worry, it won’t have a gigantic kidney grille.
The current BMW 5 Series has only been on sale since 2017, but BMW is already preparing the popular sedan for a mid-cycle facelift. While we've seen numerous camouflaged prototypes being tested, this one has been spiced up.
For the first time, the updated BMW 5 Series has been spotted with the optional M Sport Package, which adds an aerodynamic body kit and sport suspension that lowers the sedan closer to the ground. For the current 5 Series, the M Sport Package is available for an extra $5,000 for the 530i and $3,550 for the 540i.
Mercifully, the kidney grille doesn't appear to be much larger than the one on the current model. In contrast, the new M3, M4, and 4 Series will get new gigantic grilles inspired by the controversial BMW Concept 4 to give these models a bolder design. We also get a clearer look at the redesigned front bumper, which has a larger lower grille and bigger air intakes. Other changes include slimmer headlights, a redesigned rear bumper, and new rear lights that freshen up the design.
Inside, the cabin isn't expected to receive any major changes apart from updates to the digital cluster and a larger infotainment screen with updated software.
Engine options are likely to carry over, so expect the refreshed 530i to have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and the 540i to pack a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 335 hp and 331 lb-ft. The M550i will use a turbocharged V8 delivering 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Power will be sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Previous spy shots have also shown there will be a new hybrid 545e xDrive model that's expected to use a detuned version of the plug-in hybrid drivetrain found in the 745e xDrive iPerformance detuned to around 375 hp. The BMW 5 Series facelift is expected to arrive in late 2020 or possibly early 2021.