The BMW 5 Series will receive a veritable smorgasbord of upgrades as the German marque seeks to fortify the flagship line-up.
Not only that, but BMW has also revealed official pictures of the new model. And, as usual, Autocar has all the details of the model that will take the fight to the newer Audi A6 and the recently facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
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As well as updating the 5 Series, BMW has extended its X2 line-up with a four-wheel-drive xDrive25e plug-in hybrid model, although fans of the 6 Series will be disappointed to learn that the saloon’s Gran Turismo variant will be taken off sale in the UK due to sluggish demand.
Meanwhile, in Stuttgart, Mercedes has revealed the facelifted E-Class Coupé and E-Class Cabriolet, Alpina has unleashed a 613bhp V8 take on BMW’s X7 and Renault could be locking horns with the French state, which seeks to stop the French manufacturer from closing its factories. Renault has also revealed pricing for the Clio Hybrid and Captur Plug-In Hybrid.
To the UK now, and an update on the fortunes of Jaguar Land Rover, which is expanding its performance division, SVO, after a 64% jump in sales. Mini - British in origin, though now owned by BMW - will be hoping to follow suit. The iconic marque has updated its Countryman model, bringing more efficient engines, additional technology and aesthetic tweaks to one of the brand’s sales leaders.