Better spyshots of the fully uncovered BMW 5 Series facelift uploaded in China

Posted on: May 15, 2013 - 4:02pm IST

A few weeks ago we showed you the first fully undisguised images of the BMW 5 Series LCI (facelift). Images were uploaded on Chinese auto websites clearly revealing the changes BMW were intending to make on the car. However the spyshots were not of very high quality.

2014 BMW 5 Series front spyshot
We can see changes to the headlamp units and the bumper, which gets chrome curves leading to the foglamps.
2011 BMW 5 Series front
2011 BMW 5 Series’ image added for reference.

Today we have a somewhat similar set of images revealing the exterior of the 5 Series, in a much better resolution, uploaded on

China’s one of the 5 Series’ biggest markets and volumes are continuing to grow there. During the first four months of 2013, BMW has sold 39,751 units of the 5 Series to the Chinese compared to 26,857 in the same period last year.

The variant in question is the 535Li (L – lengthened or long wheelbase) that would be manufactured by the BMW-Brilliance JV. The domestic market is expected to get the first taste of the refreshed car by the end of this year. The Frankfurt Motor Show in September looks like a fabulous chance to place this car in front of the global media.

2014 BMW 5 Series facelift rear spyshot
Chrome outlines to the rear reflectors and quad exhausts are the immediately noticeable changes.
2011 BMW 5 Series rear
This is the rear view of the current BMW 5 Series (Codename – F10)

The 5 Series facelift gets mildly different detailing to the headlamps. Chrome curves situated on either sides of the bumper lead to the foglights. The rear is subtly different, getting a tinge of chrome on the bumper and quad exhaust tips.

Unlike the renaissance that the E Class underwent during its first lifecycle intervention, the 5 Series subscribes to the belief that ‘why fix when it ain’t broken?’

Powertrain options are likely to stay on with improvements to outputs is some cases and to fuel efficiency in others.

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2 thoughts on “Better spyshots of the fully uncovered BMW 5 Series facelift uploaded in China

  1. Greg Belemjian says:

    The more BMW gimmicks up the line, the more they seem to sell. However, from an aesthetic perspective, the current 5 is a much cleaner, more elegant design. The quad exhaust outlets are hideous. Giant warts on an otherwise clean apron. Chrome trim defining reflectors, seriously, why?
    Pinched headlights make the front third of the hood look even more bulbous than the current 5, and flattens the bottoms of the beautiful round angel eyes. I could go on, but basically the refresh looks like change for the sake of change, and does nothing to improve the curb presence of the 5 series. I’m very disappointed with the lack design creativity. The point of a mid cycle refresh is to improve visual impact in order to reinvigorate your potential buyer. Move forward, make it better, not just different.


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