The 2020 BMW 5-Series: Subtle Changes and an Infotainment Upgrade

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With the 2020 mid-cycle refresh on the horizon, the BMW 5 Series is getting a little facelift both inside and out. Leaked footage hinted at a revised front end with a larger kidney-bean grille early this past July. Beneath the camouflage, car enthusiasts speculated new headlights and a re-designed front bumper, but the changes are expected to be relatively small since this is only a mid-cycle refresh rather than a new generation.  In addition to new features like the 545e xDrive model, which will use the same powertrain as the 745e, is the infotainment upgrade.


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Originally introduced in 2001, the BMW’s iDrive infotainment system has gone through a number of iterations, with the most recent BMW Cockpit having been radically updated and modernized last year for the launch of the BMW X5, BMW 8 Series, and other new vehicles. The 2020 BMW 5 series will boast a 12.3-inch screen and the latest iDrive 7.0 technology to go along with the updated digital instrument panel. Designed to integrate with the 5 Series’ intelligent interfaces, the BMW ConnectedDrive does more than connect to your smartphone. The interface was designed for easy, fully responsive voice command, which makes it easier than ever for drivers to take advantage of their Google Assistant, Amazon Echo and Alexa, and wide range of apps and playlists.

 

Where the new 2020 BMW 5 series will surpass its predecessor is with the Connected Package Professional. The new tech update includes advanced features like parking availability, traffic status, and even graphics that mimic the color of the car. When you factor in other updates like the M Sport steering wheel and a sleeker gear shift, the new 5 series looks sharper and sportier than ever, which is perfect for drivers seeking a more premium look. How much more premium remains to be seen. It’s likely to be late 2020 or early 2021 before we see the final updated model.   


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