BMW has announced running changes for the 5 Series range this week, headlined by a new V8 engine for the M550i xDrive M Performance model.
From July 2019, the M550i xDrive will get a new-generation engine seen in the M850i xDrive, a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 making a healthy 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque – not that far off the M5 Competition's 460kW and 750Nm outputs.
Compared to the outgoing model, the revised M550i is 50kW and 100Nm better off, though BMW is yet to confirm any improvements in performance.
That grunt is sent to a performance-oriented xDrive all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed 'Steptronic' automatic, while fuel consumption is officially claimed at 9.9-10.0L/100km depending on vehicle configuration.
Note: 2017 BMW M550i xDrive pictured
Other changes include the availability of BMW Laserlight headlights for the M550i xDrive and M550d xDrive as part of the optional Innovations Package overseas, while the plug-in hybrid 530e gets a an updated battery pack that gives it "longer all-electric operating range.
As for what this means for Australia, the company's local division has indicated the M550i xDrive could soon join the local line-up as it looks to expand its M Performance range.
Speaking with CarAdvice, the company's local product communications manager, Adam Davis, said: "The M550i xDrive Sedan is also on our radar".
"It also further fleshes out the M Performance lineup; a key growth area for us in Australia," he added.
When the M550i originally launched in December 2016 overseas, it was off the cards for Australia due to it being initially produced in left-hand drive only.
It appears that is set to change, and we reckon the M550i would make a welcome, and popular addition to the 5 Series line-up in Australia.
Stay tuned for all the latest as this story develops.