Designed to compete with the recently revised Mercedes E-Class Estate, BMW is giving the 5 Series Touring a subtle makeover to help keep it competitive with its big-selling German rival.
These spy pictures of a lightly camouflaged 5 Series estate show a series of minor styling tweaks to the front and rear end of the current model, which was introduced in late 2009.
The most obvious visual changes are a new front bumper, with redesigned air intakes and a narrower set of the trademark kidney-grilles. New headlight clusters are also set to feature both at the front and rear, along with new LED taillights. The rear bumper will also get a slightly tweaked design and the distinctive side vents are also set to change.
The interior is expected to remain largely unchanged, while the existing range of petrol and diesel engines will be carried over with some minor updates to help improve the already class-leading economy and emissions figures. However the iDrive infotainment system will get a new touchpad control system and a 'pinch to zoom' function inspired by smart phones for the navigation screen.
The new BMW 5 Series Touring is expected to be priced similarly to the current model, which starts from around £33,000, when it goes on sale in spring 2014.