2021 BMW 5 Series Packs Refreshed Design, New Electrified Powertrains

The facelifted sedan freshens up against fierce competition.

After a steady stream of spy photos and leaked images, we’re finally getting a look at the official 2021 BMW 5 Series. The company’s midsize sedan gets a mid-cycle refresh, which brings the design language closer to that of its 3 Series sibling, along with updated mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options. Though the changes are clearly more evolutionary than revolutionary, they should be enough to keep the Bimmer interesting against new or facelifted versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and Genesis G80

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Don’t Ruin The Recipe

If you were expecting a massive design overhaul for the 5 Series, then this update likely falls short. BMW made some careful improvements to the 5er’s look, with the most dramatic change found in the headlights. Sleeker, more linear LED running lights define the car’s new eyes,

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BMW still believes in sedans even though SUVs are 60% of its sales

The ultimate driving machine is getting taller. Crossovers and SUVs represented nearly 60% of BMW’s global sales in 2019, but the Munich-based company’s lead designer told Autoblog the brand isn’t ready to retire its sedans.

“In the past, we sold only three-box cars. Now, almost 60% of our sales come from SAVs,” Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s head of design, told us. SAV (for Sports Activity Vehicle) is the term BMW uses to describe its high-riding crossovers and SUVs.

American motorists touched off the trend toward SUVs, and there’s little evidence suggesting the sedan is about to make a triumphant and unexpected comeback on our shores anytime soon. European buyers are slowly but surely adding ground clearance to their list of priorities, but Chinese buyers still like riding low.

Dukec explained that BMW’s market research identified two main aesthetic trends: “casual” and “elegant.” He drew an interesting sociological parallel between interior

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2020 BMW X4 M Competition Review: Over The Edge

Insanely capable, not so livable.

Verdict 6.3 / 10

The age of the performance crossover is now. Fast, high-riding cars are truly having a moment, with fantastic options from all over Europe now doing battle to get showroom attention. As their ranks grow, it’s getting harder for performance CUVs to stand out from the crowd. Automakers are addressing this issue by adding even more performance to fully leaded crossovers.

Look no further than the 2020 BMW X4 M Competition, a more powerful version of the already potent X4 M. That lengthy badge equates to one of the most ferocious, capable crossovers on the market, with plenty of visual flair on offer, too. BMW’s smaller crossover coupe gets the full M treatment with over 500 horsepower, dramatic styling, and suspension tuning that makes it a surprisingly great candidate for a track day. But not so much a daily driver. For

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BMW Hybrid Supercar Development Reportedly Axed

The successor to the i8 and M1 is no more?

Could BMW’s latest hybrid supercar of sorts actually be canceled? Last year, BMW introduced the BMW Vision M NEXT, a platform that would supposedly combine the latest advancements in autonomous driving tech, exterior and interior design, connectivity, and electrification, combined with sports car potential. It was supposed to be our generation’s M1 and a worthy successor to the BMW i8. It looked very cool and generated quite a bit of interest when it was announced, but, if rumors are true, the Vision M NEXT will stay a concept indefinitely. BMW Blog’s sources at BMW plus German publication Manager-Magazin have stated that the development of the Vision M NEXT has been axed due for quite some time now due to a number of reasons, and BMW has yet to say anything about it.

It’s no secret that manufacturers from

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