BMW has officially unveiled the revised 2014 BMW 5 Series lineup. The company claims that the styling revisions, new technology, and performance hardware the car has received are part of its “Precise modifications to the design” and aim to make the car stand out from rivals such as the Audi A6 as well as the redesigned Mercedes E-Class when it arrives on dealer lots this fall.
The exterior styling of the 2014 BMW 5 Series receives several subtle styling tweaks, and it will take a trained eye to spot all of the changes BMW stylists have made. These changes include a new rear bumper which now features an additional crease, smaller tail lights, a reworked lower air intake and twin kidney grilles for the front fascia, and other cues that emphasize the overall width of the 5 Series. All flavors of the 5 Series will arrive on dealer lots with Xenon Adaptive headlights as standard equipment, however buyers can replace them with optional LED adaptive units that promise better illumination and a more distinctive appearance at night.
The interior of the 2014 BMW 5 Series mirrors the subtle tweaks made to the exterior styling with its own host of relatively minor changes that aim to enhance the time one spends behind the wheel. BMW stylists have added new chrome trim to brighten up the cabin while also adding new cup holders and storage cubbies that now feature increased capacity and versatility over the units that they replace. Navigation is also standard across the board, and the company’s familiar I-Drive system now features a new touch pad surface that allows drivers to enter addresses and other navigational related information with their fingertips. Clearly designed as a response to Audi’s MMI Touch feature, it will be interesting to see how the two systems match up when compared side by side. Rear passengers also benefit from these changes thanks to a new rear entertainment system that features special tablets that are attached to the front seat backs.
Performance has also been updated for 2014 which should please buyers looking for muscle when driving down their favorite back roads. A key change is that the formerly Europe-only 535d diesel model has been added to the company’s U.S portfolio and will arrive alongside its gasoline-powered siblings in the United States. That model will only be available in sedan guise and features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine that is good for 255 horsepower and a healthy 413 lb-ft of torque. All of this muscle is channeled to the rear wheels (AWD is available as an option) through an 8-speed automatic transmission that should allow the diesel to achieve impressive fuel economy numbers. In addition, the 528i and 535i versions of the 5 Series can be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission which will be available as a no cost alternative to the eight speed automatic. Lastly, the uplevel 550i model and its potent 4.4 liter turbocharged V8 will receive a power boost, with overall horsepower checking in at a healthy 445 horsepower (an increase of 45 versus last years model).
Look for the 2014 BMW 5 Series to begin arriving on dealer lots later this summer with prices starting at $50,425 for a base 528i model while the range topping 550i will have a base price of $67,125 when equipped with the company’s X-Drive all wheel drive system. Meanwhile the 535d will feature a $57,525 base price for rear wheel drive models while all wheel drive versions will have a slightly higher base price of $59,825. Customers looking to enhance their 5 Series further will be pleased to hear that BMW stylists will offer special Luxury, Modern Line, and M Sport Packages which are very similar to the packages offered by the smaller 3 Series as well as other BMW models.