The new 6 Series Gran Turismo gets the same cosmetic changes and updated infotainment system as the 5 Series. The vertical grille slats are more pronounced and extend further into the air flow. Adaptive LED headlights with matrix function and BMW LaserLight technology will also be offered as an option.
BMW says: " In consideration of the worldwide travel restrictions still in effect the presentation of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, the new BMW 5 Series Touring and the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo takes place in a digital form". But the basic setup is familiar from the pre-update model - as per the norm in mid-life refreshes like this - which is no bad thing, given the 5 Series' myriad talents.
Following a string of spy photos and teasers, the Bavarian carmaker has finally taken the wraps off two of its major novelties, the 5 Series sedan/wagon and the 6 Series liftback.
While we're on the topic, the more powerful 545e xDrive (available elsewhere starting November) has been given an interesting upgrade much like the one seen with the newest 740i Le. The M550i gets standard Dakota leather-trimmed sport seats, and nappa leather is optional for all models. "Not to be confused with a bitter brew, IPA is a natural language interface that responds to "Hey, BMW" and allows for voice control over most of the electronic accessories, including the new 12.3-inch touchscreen (up from 10.25") that sits atop the center stack.
The front and rear LED lights will have a fresh new look, adding to the sleekness of the design. In the rendering, the design line extends from the front bumper, down the side, and into the rear taillights, which is where it ended before, too.
BMW South Africa will also be introducing the latest 5 Series in M550i xDrive guise. Above them is the four wheel-drive M550i xDrive that comes with a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 good for 530hp and 750Nm torque, enabling a 0-100kph time of 4.0sec. Although the 520d and 530d are rear-wheel drive as standard, the 540d xDrive can be preferred as all-wheel drive.
The plugin-hybrid engine options added to the 2021 BMW 5 Series are also among the remarkable innovations.
On to the six-cylinder range and it kicks off with the 630d GT.
Powers of deduction suggest the two petrol variants will be the entry-level 520i with its 135kW/290Nm turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, and the mid-range 530i with the same engine boosted to produce 185kW/350Nm.
The 540i models' 48-volt mild-hybrid system consists of a starter-generator and a second battery. Here's everything you need to know about the 2021 BMW 5 series. The 5 Series will arrive in showrooms in July.