Following the on-road sighting of test units for the forthcoming facelifted G31 BMW 5 Series Touring, it’s now the turn of the G30 sedan. As with the sighting of the Life Cycle Impulse (BMW-speak for facelift) 5 Series Touring, the sedan here wears camouflage foil over the front and rear fascia in their entirety, as well as a portion of the bonnet and the bootlid. What are the bets for an incoming larger kidney grille?
As for this development unit, the ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ stickers are rather self-explanatory; as with the LCI 5er sedan also in development, the PHEV 5 Series sedan is likely to get an engine upgrade to the 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six as employed in the 745e, though most likely with a more modest total system output than the flagship limousine’s; figure on closer to 375 hp for the six-pot PHEV Five.
Certainly, the mid-lifecycle update is also a good time to revise the rest of the engine line-up, across both petrol and diesel versions, though the exact gains for the various powerplants remain to be seen. Inside, the interior is most likely to receive updates in terms of trim and upholstery, along with enhanced technologies such as the Live Cockpit setup, though actual images of the LCI interior have yet to surface.
Despite the outwardly minimal changes, there should be quite a bit more going on than meets the eye, therefore the updated G30 5 Series could be some way off from its market arrival. Our sources suggest a debut could take place either late next year, or early in 2021.
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