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by Tim Beissmann

The updated BMW 5 Series has been spied during a photo shoot in Europe ahead of its launch later this year.

CarAdvice’s spy photographers snapped the 5 Series’ front-end fully undisguised, giving us our first unhindered look at the styling of the refreshed large luxury sedan.

The updated model features new creases above its restyled headlights, which are now sleeker giving the car a sportier, more focused attitude.

The signature BMW kidney grille openings are slightly smaller than those of the pre-facelift model and contain fewer and wider-spaced vertical slats.

The bumper has more pronounced lines and creases, while the lower intake has been completely revised, drawing inspiration from the smaller 3 Series with its wider openings and C-shaped chrome details.

Although not visible here, the upgraded BMW 5 Series range is also set to benefit from a mildly revised rear end and an updated interior, as well as introduce new standard safety features, a reworked steering system and enhanced drivetrains.

Among those will be a brawnier engine tune for the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8-powered BMW 550i, with outputs rising from 300kW/600Nm to 330kW/650Nm to match its more expensive 650i and 750i siblings.

Production of the updated BMW 5 Series range is set to start in July ahead of the car’s arrival in Australian showrooms, which is expected around September/October, roughly at the same time as the updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class.




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