New BMW 5 Series spotted: price, specs and release date

John Tallodi
July 15, 2021

The next-generation BMW 5 Series has been spotted testing. This new car isn’t expected to get a set of huge kidney grilles but will come as a fully electric i5 model for the first time. Read on for more details.

  • Next-generation BMW 5 Series spotted
  • Likely won’t have huge kidney grille design
  • Petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric models expected
  • Power from around 190hp to more than 530hp
  • Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive likely
  • Possible release date in 2022

These are some of the first shots of the all-new BMW 5 Series which should make its official debut at some point in 2022.

You can expect the 5 Series’ engine range to include new hybrid and fully electric models. The new car will be pitched as an alternative to the regular Audi A6 and upcoming A6 e-tron electric car, as well as the Mercedes E-Class and the soon-to-be-revealed EQE EV.

New BMW 5 Series design

The current BMW 5 Series has recently been facelifted and judging from these spy shots the next 5 Series will be more evolutionary than revolutionary.

This is no bad thing, especially when it looks unlikely that this new car will come with massive rabbit-tooth grilles like the new BMW i4 Gran Coupe and iX SUV.

This prototype looks to have temporary headlight and brake lights fitted, but the extended bonnet line and coupe-like rear end should reach production, and could give this new car a sleeker side profile than before.

The fully electric i5 model will be differentiated from the rest of the range with a set of blanked-off grilles and extra bright blue detailing.

New BMW 5 Series interior

The new BMW 5 Series could use the same infotainment system as the new iX (above)

It is too early to tell exactly what the interior will look like, but you can bet the new 5 Series will come with BMW’s new iDrive 8 infotainment system with two large screens, just like in the iX SUV.

See the new BMW iX here

The trend towards a minimalist interior as seen in the BMW i4 and iX will most likely be implemented in the new 5 Series, with most of the in-car functions being controlled through the 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen.

You can expect the new car to be slightly larger than the outgoing model, which should make the new 5 Series slightly roomier inside.

New BMW 5 Series engines and driving

You’ll be able to get the new 5 Series with a range of 4- and 6- cylinder petrol and diesel engines with mild hybrid assistance. New plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions will also be introduced. The prototype you see in these pictures is a hybrid model, but there’ll also be a fully electric variant called the i5.

Watch this BMW 5 Series review

Power outputs should all rise slightly across the range, which currently spans from 184hp to 530hp. There’ll also be a new M5 model along later, which should produce more than 625hp in range-topping Competition guise.

New BMW 5 Series price and release date

The next-gen BMW 5 Series is most likely going to make its official debut in 2022. Pricing for the current range starts at £39,275 for the base 520i, rising to over £71,000 for the M550i xDrive saloon. The new model could be slightly more expensive than this.

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