With the 2021 4-Series Coupe reveal in the recent past, BMW was quick to follow it with the 5-Series reveal. The 5 gives BMW’s designers more history to work with than the 4, and overall the 2021 version’s sense of style takes the 5 deeper into the new decade with its sense of tradition and gravitas intact.
The front end sports the kidney grille, shying away from the extravagance of the butterfly grille the 4-Series Coupe startled with when that car was revealed. The narrowed headlamps give the nose a more slender look, while the air intakes are enlarged, emphasizing the sporty persona of the car.
The 5-Series drivetrain comes in a hybrid configuration by way of the 530e, which has been tweaked and gives the variant a horsepower rating of 288. The Series power tops out with the M550i, which gets 523 horsepower out of its eight-cylinder; the 530i and 540i pack four and six cylinder ICEs, respectively. A 48-volt mild hybrid system on the 540i takes over completely when possible, conserving fuel.
Cabin revisions include an updated infotainment system and the latest IPA, or Intelligent Personal Assistant, an AI-driven feature that interfaces between voice and electronic amenities. A 12.3” touchscreen is the dash centerpiece, with Apple CarPlay among standard apps. The car’s tech also includes a recorder feature that can make a video record.
Prices for the 2021 model year 5-Series start at $55K. The cars will be available next month.