Next summer, the F10 BMW 5 Series and M5 sedan will receive the usual life cycle impulse update. While the 5 Series’ update comes half way into the production cycle, the surprise comes from the M5 which will receive an extremely early exterior update.
A facelifted F10 5 Series prototype was spied in Germany during the usual testing sessions. The F10 LCI reveals an update to the headlights which now mimic the ones seen in the 6 and 7 Series: squared-shaped angel eyes and LEDs. As always, the front and rear bumper are also slightly redesigned with the single purpose to give the car a more aggressive look.
The side mirrors now feature integrated turn signals, same as the latest BMW models.
Inside, BMW is expected to release new trim and leather options. No news on whether the new iDrive Touch Controller will make its way into the facelift or it will be saved for future all-new models.
The 5 Series’ Achilles’ heel, the electromechanical steering system, will be re-engineered as well, and the lack of ‘tactile’ feel is expected to be improved.
Under the hood, the 5 Series facelift will get updated engines, including a new inline-six turbocharged engine. The V8 powerplant is also being updated to produce more horsepower and torque.
Production of the F10 5 Series LCI beings in July 2013.