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BMW has facelifted the entire 5 Series line-up, including the Sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo ranges. We’ve seen this coming from a long way back with a series of spyshots and now we have full details of the 5-er mid-life refresher. Here’s the low down on all the updates made for the BMW 5 Series LCI.

Looks wise, BMW is taking the “if it ain’t broke…” path. All three bodystyles get a slightly different kidney grille, with redesigned bumpers and new front and rear light clusters with updated graphics. BMW Luxury and Modern Line packages are introduced to the 5 Series line-up for the first time. An M-Sport option is still around too.

All models now get Xenon headlights as standard, while Adaptive LED Headlights take their place on the options list alongside LED fogs. Elsewhere, the side indicator lights are now integrated into the exterior mirrors. New wheels complete the minor visual update. BMW anoraks will have a hard time with this one, when it comes to the sedan and the touring. The 5 Gran Turismo gets a sleeker, slimmed down version of the tail lamps.

Inside, all models get rejigged and more accommodating storage compartments and cup holders. The Gran Turismo gets a much-needed redesigned boot which now holds 500 litres of space, 60 up from before. More chrome is added all around, with a frame now surrounding the iDrive display. The ambient lighting option can now be alternated in tone between orange and white.

On the tech list is a new iDrive controller with a touch-sensitive surface. It allows character input as well as access to other function of the operating system. Meanwhile, the rear cabin can now be specified with a new rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays.

The engine range has been updated too, and all options now meet the EU6 exhaust gas standard. They all come off cleaner, more efficient, and some with even more performance. Diesel models get nitrogen oxide-reducing BMW BluePerformance technology as standard. Smoother aerodynamics on all models help with the efficiency gains too.

A 518d variant is now the base diesel option for the 5 Series Sedan and Touring, using a reworked 520d engine that’s downtuned to 143 hp and 360 Nm of torque. Along with the 520d it records an impressive average fuel economy of 4.5 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 119 grams per kilometre, matching the now-discontinued 520d EfficientDynamics Edition. The 518d’s 0-100 km/h time is 9.6 seconds.

On the other end of the scale is the 550i Sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo, which has now been updated to offer 450 hp and 650 Nm of torque as seen on the facelifted 7 Series. The full model line-up is as such: 518d (143 hp), 520d (184 hp), 525d (218 hp), 530d (258 hp), 535d (313 hp), M550d (381 hp), 520i (184 hp), 528i (245 hp), 535i (306 hp) and 550i (450hp).

For the Malaysian market expect to see these updates on local cars within the next year or so. The mechanical and aesthetic changes aren’t at all ground-breaking in any sense but the entry-level 518d model does sound rather interesting. Give us your opinion: how does BMW’s subtle Five updates compare to Mercedes-Benz’s bold E-Class revisions?


BMW 5 Series Sedan LCI

BMW 5 Series Touring LCI

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo LCI