The F10 BMW 5 Series has proven to be an extraordinary success for the Bavarian automaker. Initially criticized for its softer design lines, the 5 Series sedan has quickly grown to become a darling of journalists around the world and customers looking for the perfect balance between sportiness, luxury and style, in a single vehicle. 359,016 customers worldwide opted for a BMW 5 Series model in 2012, turning the sporty sedan into a segment leader.
But nearly four years later after its introduction, the 5 Series is due for BMW’s usual life cycle impulse, or as everyone calls it, a facelift. The latest spy photos from Sweden show the F10 LCI with a subtle camouflage that hides equally subtle design changes.
Hidden from the public eyes are mainly the light units, as well as the front and rear aprons. Some changes will also apply to the side mirrors which most likely will get turn signal indicators. Some chrome elements can also be seen in the front fenders.
The spy photos also show an unique 5 Series model, the ActiveHybrid 5 with its six-cylinder engine and an additional electric motor. No major changes are expected in the powertrain department, so customers will continue to have a variety of choices between four and six-cylinder engines, in petrol and diesel configuration.
The facelift updates will apply to touring and Gran Turismo models as well, and BMW plans to introduce the facelifted models in the summer of 2013.