The updated 5er wagon has been snapped during testing, revealing its tweaked headlight and grille designs.
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The 2021 BMW 5 Series Touring has been snapped in the open for the first time, featuring a tweaked nose and a hybrid powertrain.

The most notable changes to the 5er have occurred at the front, where the test mule has a revised headlight design and graphics. With LED detailing on the bottom edge of the light clusters, there's more than just a hint of 3 Series about the new design.

Although they're covered by camouflage, we'd suggest the indicators have also been brought into line with those of the 3er as well.

Given the amount of cladding and camouflage covering the grille area, it's likely the car's kidneys have been given a transplant as well. A larger, more outlandish grille is likely to feature on the new 5 Series, given the direction BMW has taken with its recent large-car designs.

The lower bumper and air intakes will also get some attention, although BMW has done a good job hiding the changes. Stay tuned for more on that.

Down back, it's likely there will be some small detail updates to the bumpers and lights, but our first look doesn't suggest wholesale changes are likely.

Under the skin, the 5 Series is likely to get a range of updated powertrains, including the plug-in hybrid powertrain featured in the 745e xDrive. This test mule, with its charge port and 'hybrid test vehicle' stickers, is clearly an electrified tester of some variety.

The new 5 Series is expected to make its debut late in 2020 or early in 2021.