The 2021 BMW 5-Series

Article by: Arnav Kulkarni

Amidst a whirlwind of crisis and issues, BMW finally decided to reveal their mid-size sedan after a mid-cycle refresh for the model year 2021, closing the gap on design language with its latest 3 series sibling, but keeping up with the future, by including new plug-in hybrid powertrain options. This refresh is to keep the competition strong against the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and the Genesis G80(international markets)

DESIGN

For the people expecting a complete design refresh, this is not the model year for you. BMW has decided to play it safe this year with minimal design changes because, why fix something if it isn’t broken? But, let’s look over the minute changes on the 5 series

Lights:

The new 5 series is equipped with sleeker, less protrusive LED’s on the front, strengthening its bond to the 3 series and giving it a lower, more elegantly aggressive profile. The taillights are updated with newer signature L-shaped inlays to commemorate the newer design language on the lights. A black trim surrounds the taillights to add a dash of poise and aesthetic to the rear end.

General Exterior:

The new 5 series has sportier, aggressive front aerodynamics and overall mesh structures. The grill now has a light-up option like on the recent X6 models. While the side profile remains largely unchanged, the rear end is redesigned with lesser lines and more straightforward design elements. All new models also come equipped with the newer, slightly upgraded trapezoidal free-form exhaust tips and a refreshed semi-diffuser.

Interior:

Just like in all the other aspects, BMW hasn’t toyed around much with the interior. Although, they upgraded the digital instrument cluster to a 12.3’ as standard, improved the gear selector and centre console design with new vector chrome trims and a glossier black finish. And to top it off, BMW has made the ambient lighting more pronounced and customizable.

Performance:

BMW has decided to make the 5 series lineup a tad bit closer to the future by adding an entire series of electric powertrain. While an all-electric variant ceases to exist, the new 48-V mild hybrid system is, by no means, bad. If anything, it is stated to make the car more efficient and highly responsive at low-end peaks. the top variant boasts a 0-60 mph timing of 3.6 seconds!