New 2021 BMW 5 Series stays stylish, adds superchargers and XtraBoost

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BMW will be offering 2.0-litre petrol, 2.0-litre petrol plug-in hybrid, 3.0-litre 6-cylinder petrol, 4.4-litre V8, 2.0-litre diesel and 3.0-litre diesel engine options internationally. While it's not the quickest in the lineup (that nod goes to the 540i and M550i models), that fixes at least one of the ways in which the plug-in hybrid just didn't make much sense-although it's still nowhere close to a cheerleader for the performance potential of going electric. With the addition of XtraBoost, which electrically adds 40 more horsepower on demand-when the accelerator is pegged, in Sport mode-maximum power from the hybrid system gets boosted to 288 hp, with 310 lb-ft of peak torque. Like the rest of BMW's lineup, the new 5 Series receives the brand's controversial new kidney grille design, albeit with slightly less drama than some of the proposed concepts.

The most obvious change to the 5 Series has been with its exterior design, with a new-look LED headlight cluster that eschews the hexagonal design of the outgoing model for an L-shaped motif also seen on the updated 7 Series. In fact, the inline-six received some pretty heavy revisions, including a 48-volt mild hybrid system that BMW says will not only improve overall efficiency, but enables a couple of new features, including an enhanced engine auto-stop/start feature that can decouple and shut off the engine below 9 miles per hour in order to conserve fuel. The new coefficient of drag is a slippery 0.27. Besides the redesigned headlights, the taillights, front and rear bumpers will also have some changes in design. The auto has a 3-spoke steering wheel and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Although that might elicit a laugh, it's a serious question we don't know the answer to yet. The navigation system has new cloud-based maps that can create faster routes and recalculate routes based on real-time traffic data. The central touchscreen has increased in size from 10.25 inches to 12.3, and now features the latest version of BMW's Intelligent Personal Assistant, which can be activated by saying "Hey, BMW". An option package adds adaptive cruise control, front cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot crash prevention, and a system that handles the steering, brakes, and acceleration at speeds slower than 40 miles per hour.

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Full LED beams with cornering function come as standard, while the high-tech BMW Laserlight feature is available as an option. All prices include a $995 destination fee.

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