New spy shots of the facelifted BMW 5-series saloon and Touring show the car cold weather testing
26 January 2013

These are the latest images of the BMW 5-series facelift, which has been spotted cold weather testing in the Arctic circle. A production version is likely to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

While development of the new car still has the good part of a year to run, changes being made to the 5-series appear less significant than those adopted by the new E-class. 

Externally, the bumpers are more heavily structured and the lamp graphics revised, but on the evidence of the prototypes caught  testing, the existing bodywork is largely untouched. Revisions to both bodystyles are limited to a new grille, lights and front and rear bumpers.

Inside, BMW plans to provide the 5-series with the latest version of its iDrive multimedia system and a configurable instrument display already recently introduced on the facelifted 7-series. 

On the engine front, the twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine in the 535i is set to gain an added 14bhp, lifting its reserves to 316bhp in the new 540i model. 

The twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine in the 550i is also expected to get added firepower. Munich insiders have already confirmed a 43bhp increase to 444bhp.

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26 October 2012

By that i mean, if it ain't broke........, so,doing a bit of cosmetic work to poke the opposition was minimum costs and keeps the brand in the car buying public eye.

Peter Cavellini.

26 October 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

By that i mean, if it ain't broke........, so,doing a bit of cosmetic work to poke the opposition was minimum costs and keeps the brand in the car buying public eye.

And they could be fixing the front of the 1 series instead. I think they need to look at their priorities!

8 December 2012

artill wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

By that i mean, if it ain't broke........, so,doing a bit of cosmetic work to poke the opposition was minimum costs and keeps the brand in the car buying public eye.

And they could be fixing the front of the 1 series instead. I think they need to look at their priorities!

Sir/Madam, you have officially been served.

http://f20.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=778246

27 October 2012

I don't think the Bangle 5 had a styling revision until the end of its life, this is a bit of a worry for such a recent model. I do think this is a bit dated already, and it is very colour and spec sensitive. M spec in white looks amazing, base in grey looks like a Toyota. It just looks like a design without confidence. I still think the Bangle 5 looks more modern. Perhaps it is with the recent updates of E-Klasse and the looming new model (ok in a couple or years), but they need to get fleets into their 3 year contracts now to fight it off. I don't think this will be enough though. 

 

 

27 October 2012

I find it difficult to tell the current crop of BMWs apart, when they dont carry a model badge (which a lot dont) I've no idea if it is a 3 or a 5.  I guess part of the problem is they are quite dull looking so you dont really spend much time paying them any attention.  Maybe this face lift will fix that problem.

seb

28 October 2012

That's ridiculous, maybe the rear-ends... But that's about it.
Go try distinguishing the A4/A5 Sportback/A6 first, they look the same from every angle.

8 December 2012

seb wrote:

That's ridiculous, maybe the rear-ends... But that's about it.
Go try distinguishing the A4/A5 Sportback/A6 first, they look the same from every angle.

I agree that the A4 and A6 just look like the same design in different sizes, but you are wildly exaggerating to say that the A5 sportback looks like these from every angle. Sideways on, and from the back, the prominent absence of a rear saloon "bustle" on the A5 Sportback clearly distinguishes it from the others.

Should you be driving if your eyesight is so bad?

28 October 2012

I've just looked at a photo of a 5 and a 3 side by side. Yeah ok there are some differences.  But they do look VERY similar...

29 October 2012

I agree with Marj that the Bangle 5 was and still is a great design.The latest 5 is very bland and needs an injection of style.Yes ChrisC71 it is difficult to tell the 3 and 5 Series apart now.It seems Lexus are following Audi and BMW down this one style fits all route.Pity!!

7 December 2012

Completely agree, the Bangle 5 was a great design. OK it took the right colour and 18s to make it work but it still looks fresh and more crisp the the current 5

 

I also prefer the Bangle 6 to the current one, even with that ass on it!

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