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BMW shows face-lifted 5 Series

2007-01-11 07:55

Spot the difference on the face-lifted 5 Series

It might not look much different but BMW has given the 5 Series a nip and tuck almost three years after its launch.

The changes to car's exterior design are minimal but there are a number of significant new innovations as well as some new six-cylinder petrol engines.

At the front, the headlamps and indicator units now boasts clear glass while the kidney grille now sits flush with the bumper.

The air duct in the front valance has also been redesigned, while at the side the sill has an additional contour line.

At the rear, the indicators, running and brake lights now use horizontal LED light bars to emphasise the width of the rear.

On the interior BMW has introduced higher-quality materials and revised door trim.

The iDrive system has also been enhanced. It now comes with the same software package and control panel incorporated into the radio header unit that is seen on the new X5.

The updated engines offer a bit more power and torque, but they deliver impressive improvements in economy.

According to BMW fuel economy is up to 25% better.

All nine power units in the 5 Series Saloon and Touring ranges are either entirely new to the car, or have been significantly revised over the previous model.

It is expected that the face-lifted 5 Series will arrive in SA in the second quarter.

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