BMW's luxury-sports 5-Series range gets a subtle refresh for the 2014 model year. Most of the changes apply to the full range, which includes the 5-Series sedan, Gran Turismo, ActiveHybrid 5 and M5 models.
On the inside, the instrument panel gets a new look with a touchpad on the iDrive controller and some new brightwork, as well as bigger cup-holders in the centre console. In addition, a rear seat entertainment system is offered for the first time, with tablet-style displays, a Harman Kardon sound system and a new version of the ambient light option.
Power for the 528i and 535i models continues to come from BMW's 240-horsepower four-cylinder and 300-horsepower six-cylinder engines, respectively – both of which are turbocharged. The 550i's twin-turbo V-8, however, gets a 45-horsepower boost to 445.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all but the M5, with a six-speed manual available as a no-cost option on some models.
A turbocharged, 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder diesel engine will also be offered in 535d sedan form. Preliminary output figures are 255 horsepower, with 413 lb-ft of torque from just 1,500 rpm.
As for the M5, it continues to be powered by a 560-horsepower, twin-turbo, 4.4-litre V-8 engine, but there is now an optional Competition Package that boosts its output to 575 horsepower. Transmission choices include six-speed manual and seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch versions.
All models include Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start-Stop and ECO PRO mode, with a new coasting function that disengages the engine from the drivetrain when coasting as an aid to fuel economy. Aerodynamic tweaks are also said to further that cause.
Sales of the 2014 BMW 5-Series range will begin in August.