BMW Group has launched the 5 Series facelift in India earlier today. Prices for the new 5 series start at Rs 62.90 lakh for the 530i M Sport variant, the 520d Luxury Line is priced at Rs 63.90 lakh, whereas the 530d M Sport is priced at 71.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India, respectively). All prices mentioned are introductory prices. Bookings can be made at all BMW dealerships from today onwards.

Exterior design of the 5 Series

Facelifted 5 Series - Topgear

The most significant changes that are visible are on the exterior of the 5 Series facelift. The front grille is wider and is positioned a little lower at the front compared to the previous generation. The front bumper has received some subtle tweaks too. The lights on the 5 Series are entirely reworked. Now the headlights contain the BMW signature L-shaped DRLs with the option of the Laser lighting option as a paid extra. Move towards the rear of the luxury sedan, and the rear bumper has been reworked, and chromed exhaust surrounds have been added here. Also, the taillights now get the same L-shaped 3D effect we have seen on newer generation BMW models. The design of the 18-inch alloys are changed slightly, and customers can pay to spec for larger wheels sizes.

Interiors

Inside the 5 Series facelift, the 10.25-inch infotainment system is now replaced by BMW’s seventh generation of the iDrive infotainment system. The 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment is available as standard across all variants, with a digital instrument cluster also now standard. Also standard is the four-zone climate control, lumbar support for the seats, manual rear sunblinds, wireless charging, and wireless Android Auto. However, the petrol variants are now only available with synthetic leather upholstery, with the richer ‘Dakota’ leather and ‘Nappa’ leather options being exclusive to the diesel trims.

BMW 5 Series facelifted interiors

As standard, BMW also offers the Parking Assistant Plus, which includes a 360-degree camera and BMW’s Reversing Assistant, which keeps a record of the last 50 meters driven and assists by taking over the steering. The Remote-Control Parking is also on offer, allowing drivers to manoeuvre their vehicles into narrow parking spaces using the BMW display key.

On the M Sport variants, BMW offers a multifunction M leather steering, front grille detailing in gloss black, illuminated M door sills, M badges on the fenders, M Sport dark blue brake callipers, an M aerodynamics package and gloss black detailing around the windows.

Engine Options on the 5 Series

BMW 5 Series rolling shot

The BMW 5 Series facelift sees no changes in the powertrains offered in India. Under the hood of the 520d is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine which makes 187bhp and 400Nm, while the 530d is powered by a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine which produces an output of 286bhp and 650Nm. The 530i, on the other hand, has a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 252bhp and 350Nm. All three engines are mated to the same ZF 8-speed torque converter and get adaptive suspension as standard.

Competition

The 5 series facelift continues to compete against the Audi A6, Jaguar XF, Volvo S90 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Out of the competition, the E-Class was recently revamped for 2021 and currently holds the most prominent sales volumes in the luxury-sedan segment. So with this upgrade, will BMW be able to capture the market from Mercedes? Only time will tell.