BMW 5 Series gets a make-over

Mid-model refresh for the BMW 5 Series delivers extras and some styling tweaks.

External changes for the 5 Series include additional contour lines, new standard LED fog lights and side indicators integrated into the exterior mirrors.

BMW has announced a raft of changes for the 5 Series.

After three years on the market the mid-model changes are designed to keep the 5 Series in the game and include an increase in standard features, revised pricing and internal and external tweaks.

Mechanical changes however have been limited to the 550i which gets a new generation twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine boasting 330kW and 650Nm.

On the outside the 5 Series gets additional contour lines, new standard LED fog lights, side indicators integrated into the exterior mirrors, redesigned rear lights, as well as an additional crease in the rear bumper.

Updates to the interior include a chrome strip on the border of the control display and increased capacity for storage compartments and cup holders in the centre console.

Meantime the 5 Series Gran Turismo also gets a revised air intake in the front bumper apron and a new and extended tailgate.

Aside from the tweaks BMW Australia has also revised the pricing and specification levels in the 5 Series range. The entry level 520i and 520d sedans in particular pick up a host of new features as standard including dynamic stability control, active headrests and an active protection system, as well as six airbags.

Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Australia, says the additional value will further cement the BMW 5 Series as Australia’s most popular premium executive sedan.

“The current BMW 5 Series sedan has been so successful here in Australia, easily leading its segment for the last couple years”.

“Now, with every model in the new BMW 5 Series range available with extended standard specifications, BMW has created a whole new value proposition for the prestige vehicle segment.”

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The BMW 5 Series line-up now starts at $79,900.

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