Unfortunately for BMW, the new 5 Series facelift has already leaked.
Last week, BMW teased the upcoming 5 Series facelift for the first time and announced the updated luxury sedan will break cover in under two weeks. And now we have a more specific debut date. Mark your calendars for May 27, because this is when the new BMW 5 Series facelift will debut at an event in Korea. Joining it at the same event will be the world premiere of the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo facelift. A camouflaged version of the 5 Series facelift has been teased on BMW Korea's Instagram page highlighting its revised front fascias.
Thanks to some revealing leaks BMW is pretending never happened, we already have a clear idea what the BMW 5 Series facelift will look like when the covers come off.
One of the most noticeable changes will be the redesigned headlights that look slimmer and sleeker. Elsewhere, the taillights, front and rear bumpers will also be subtly restyled. The kidney grilles will be slightly larger but will still look restrained compared to the new 4 Series' gigantic grille.
Expect similar styling changes to be applied to the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, which will hopefully improve the niche model's lackluster sales. BMW discontinued the 6 Series Gran Turismo in the US for the 2020 model year, so we're not expecting the facelift version to go on sale in America. BMW will present the 530e Plug-in Hybrid on May 27 with the M Sport package.
Like the BMW 330e, the updated 530e will most likely pack a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric producing a combined 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Rumors also suggest a more powerful "545e" variant will join the lineup with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine and an electric motor. In the 745e xDrive iPerformance, this setup produces 389 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
Other engine options are expected to carry over from the current model, including a 248-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and 335-hp 3.0-liter turbo inline-six gasoline engine. A turbocharged V8 will power the updated M550i, which produces 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in the current model. We'll have to wait and see if BMW gives the 5 Series facelift a slight power boost. All models will be fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission.