BMW 5 Series refresh

BMW 5 Series refresh

BMW gives the 5 Series a major update for 2014.

The 5 Series sedan and touring pick up new tail-lights and an additional crease in the rear bumper.

After nearly four years on the market BMW has given the current model 5 Series a major refresh for the new year.

Announced by BMW Australia, the changes include exterior tweaks, some interior refinements, added standard features and an upgraded V8 engine in the 550i.

Updates to the interior include chrome strip borders on the control display as well as increased capacity for storage compartments and cup holders in the centre console.

While the 5 Series sees exterior changes including additional contour lines, side indicators integrated into the exterior mirrors and a restructured lower air intake in the front bumper apron which highlights new standard LED fog lights.

Redesigned rear lights have also been added, along with an additional crease in the rear bumper of sedan and touring models.

The Gran Turismo receives a revised air intake in the front bumper apron, while at the rear buyers will notice a new extended tailgate, revised two-section tail lights and updated styling cues around the license plate holder and rear bumper.

The biggest mechanical change introduced by BMW is reserved for the 550i with the model picking up a new 4.4 litre V8 with variable valve control. This new power plant ups the maximum power output by 10 per cent to 330kW and increases torque to 650Nm.

With a host of new additional features added as standard across the range, Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, says the 5 Series has never been so attractive.

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

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

The 5 Series Gran Turismo gets a new, extended tailgate.

Pricing for the new BMW 5 Series starts at $79,900.

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