New 2020 BMW 5 Series facelift spotted testing

Our spy photographers have caught the refreshed BMW 5 Series saloon on camera ahead of its launch next year

These are our first spy shots of the facelifted BMW 5 Series saloon, which is due to reach the UK market in 2020. Revisions look set to include an updated engine range, mildly refreshed styling and some additional infotainment and driver assistance technology.

BMW will revise the 530e iPerformance’s plug-in hybrid powertrain for 2020, as hinted by this mule’s “hybrid test vehicle” branding. The updated variant could feature a larger capacity battery pack, and BMW could be targeting an increase on the current model’s all-electric range of 31 miles on a single charge. The 5 Series’s conventional engine range will also likely receive a range of efficiency revisions.

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BMW also looks set to add a new M550i variant to the UK 5 Series range; a model previously only available for the German, Russian and American markets. The new variant feature a 455bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive.

It will act as a go-between for BMW’s standard-issue 5 Series and the performance-focused M5, offering a 0–62mph time of four seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. BMW is yet to confirm pricing information, but the North American 5 Series market indicates a starting price of around £64,000.

As evidenced by this lightly disguised mule, exterior styling changes will be minimal, being limited to reworked headlights, an updated grille and new front and rear bumpers. Inside, BMW’s latest 12.3-inch iDrive infotainment system will feature, (as found in the new X5 and X6), while a range of trim and upholstery updates will keep the 5 Series competitive with the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6.

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