2013 BMW 5 Series spied

21 Mar, 2013 5:32pm Luke Madden

Our spies have caught the facelifted BMW 5 Series on test, ahead of its arrival in the summer

BMW will release a refreshed 5 Series in the middle of this year, and this spy shot reveals exactly how the car will look. It’s not drastically different to the current model, but that’s no surprise as BMW sold over 300,000 5 Series in 2012.

The grille is subtly updated, and now features fewer vertical slats, while the front bumper has a smoother look, with the lower section incorporating Air Curtain intakes at either side. First seen on the 4 Series Coupe concept, these aim to smooth air flow over the wheels and boost aerodynamics.

Indicators are now integrated into the door mirrors, and while you can’t see the rear end, the bumper and lights are likely to be updated, with extra chrome trim.

The 5 Series’ engine line-up is already competitive in terms of performance and emissions, but it’s set to be tweaked to cut running costs further.

BMW is also likely to introduce its new iDrive Touch system, with a touchpad drivers can ‘write’ on with their fingers – to enter postcodes into the sat-nav – plus a smartphone-inspired pinch to zoom facility.

This also lets owners set up a 4G hotspot and dictate messages to send to contacts in their mobile’s phonebook.

The revised 5 Series debuts in the summer, with the changes also applied to the Touring and GT. Prices should start at around £30,000.