By now, it’s no longer a secret BMW is planning to release a refreshed version of its 5-Series sedan for the 2021 model year. But thanks to a couple of images leaked online, interested buyers anticipating its release now have an idea of how it will look like.
The factory images were published by BMW Blog, a website dedicated to news and updates about models from the brand. The photos effectively debunk previous rumors that suggested the car will have a huge front grille and will take design cues from the current 7-Series.
These features are nowhere to be seen in the pictures, as the car’s front fascia appears to be inspired by the G20-generation 3-Series sedan. The car also sports a typical-sized kidney grille setup and thinner headlights that come with double-L daytime running lights.
The rear features, meanwhile, do not seem to have changed so much. The taillights still have the same shape as the ones found in the current 5-Series model, although the design now looks similar to the 3-Series.
As suggested by the location of the charging port in the front left fender, the trunk badge, and the M badges, the model shown in the leaked images is the 530e equipped with the M-sport package.
The 2020 generation of the 5-Series is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine combined with a plug-in hybrid system. It delivers 252 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. BMW is still yet to release powertrain details of the upcoming model.
Likewise, the automaker declined to comment on the veracity of the leaked photos. BMW Blog is, however, predicting the car will be introduced to the public sometime this month.