BMW 5 Series sedan and 6 Series Gran Turismo break cover

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2021 BMW 530e plug-in hybrid: Quicker, but will it go more electric miles?

Both the 5-Series and 6-Series GT will be offered with multiple petrol and diesel engine options in the worldwide market.

The Munich-based firm's local arm says the refreshed line-up will comprise the 520d, 530i and M550i xDrive, as well as the M5 Competition (an updated version of the latter has yet to be revealed). The 2021 530e and 530e xDrive come with a 181 horsepower 2.0-litre gas engine with a 107 HP electric drive unit, paired with a 12 kWh battery and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Audi S6 and Mercedes-AMG E53-baiting M550i xDrive - first introduced late previous year - has been confirmed to return with its 390kW/750Nm twin-turbo V8, while two other petrol engines, one diesel and one plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will also be available at launch, with outputs for the remaining variants set between 135kW and 215kW.

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New colours and alloy wheel designs will be available, while the M Sport exterior design package promises to be "significantly more muscular" than before, according to BMW.

288 hp 530e and 530e xDrive PHEV Sedans?

More on that new hybrid system: in the 530e, it can be used with an XtraBoost function that offers 40 more horsepower for up to 10 seconds. BMW isn't quoting electric driving range or fuel economy ratings, but the 2020 530e had 21 miles of electric range and an EPA rating of 27 mpg combined.

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The 530e's 0-60 miles per hour acceleration time drops down to 5.7 seconds, which is now 0.1 or 0.2 seconds quicker than base 530i models.

New for 2021, however, is a 48-volt mild-hybrid system for the 540i which can aid fuel economy by recuperating energy lost during deceleration, smoothing out auto stop-start, and completely turning the gas engine off during steady coasting up to 99 miles per hour in Eco Pro or Comfort mode. The starter-generator provides smooth start/stop operation, allows for coasting between 16 and 99 miles per hour, recovers energy during coasting and braking, and adds 11 hp to help the engine operate more efficiently and add a bit extra during acceleration.

The 5 Series nameplate is almost a half-century old, being first introduced in 1972. The most striking feature is the new BMW Kidney Grille design with resculpted headlamps.

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TheSketchMonkey started with a current-gen X5 BMW introduced a few years ago, and slowly reshaped the front end, adding the larger kidney grille, and tweaking the lower fascia. That signature is echoed at the rear in the new taillights. The vehicle has a 3-spoke steering wheel and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

What else do we know about the new 4? The M550i gets standard Dakota leather-trimmed sport seats, and nappa leather is optional for all models.

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