2021 BMW 5 Series Adds 48-Volt Mild Hybrid
The 7th generation BMW 5 Series has been unveiled, revealing fresh new styling inside and out, update technology and aerodynamics, and a 48-volt mild hybrid system for its six-cylinder models. The trademark kidney grill is taller and wider with more pronounced vanes and is surrounded by a striking new adaptive LED headlight design. The 5 Series grows in length by 1.2 inches while most exterior and interior dimensions remain the same. Cleaner style lines offer a cleaner face to the wind, dropping Cd to as low as 0.27 fro the 530i. The interior of the 2021 5 Series Sedan is highlighted by the standard Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7, a 12.3” digital instrument display and a 12.3” digital central touchscreen control display (up from previous 10.25”). Standard Navigation, Apple CarPlay Compatibility and Android Auto Compatibility are included. The buttons on the center console are now finished in a high-gloss black. A new mild hybrid system with a 48V starter-generator offers enhanced performance, better efficiency and improved driving comfort in the six-cylinder BMW 5 Series. The recuperated energy accumulating in the 48V battery is supplied to the 12V electrical system and powers the lights, steering, power windows, ventilation, audio system and seat heating. In addition, the stored energy can be used to provide additional drive power when it is fed back to the 48V starter-generator. The 2021 BMW 5 Series lineup includes the: 248 hp 530i and 530i xDrive Sedans, 288 hp 530e and 530e xDrive PHEV Sedans, 335 hp 540i and 540i xDrive Sedans, and the 523 hp M550i xDrive Sedan. Ordering is available now with deliveries expected to begin in July, with MSRP starting at $54,200 for the 530i and topping out at $76,800 for the M550i xDrive Sedan.