The next photo gallery shows the 2021 BMW 540i xDrive sedan. The photos come from Germany, where BMW hosted the media launch of the refreshed 5 and 6 Series GT. In terms of style, the BMW 540i 2021 will receive massive improvements all round. The equipment variants Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport all have a new specific design that can be easily distinguished between.
Most impressive is still the M Sport version, which is directly inspired by the same package that is available for the 7 Series LCI. When ordering with the M Sport package, the 540i receives a thicker M Sport steering wheel and variable sport steering (tighter steering ratio and slightly heavier steering).
In addition, the new 5 Series offers a large number of new light alloy wheel designs for the M Sport, Luxury Line and Sport Line equipment variants. You also get the new interior trim “Aluminum Rhombicle Smoke Gray” for 2021 (which looks a bit like the aluminum trim of the M340i, but has much less glare and a slightly darker color) and an anthracite-colored headliner.
The interior is also more comfortable for creatures – with the luxury seating package you get ventilated seats with multiple contours more like those of a 7-seater. There are also ventilated seats.
Phytonic Blue metallic
The new BMW 5 Series also offers additional standard and BMW Individual exterior paintwork such as the Bernina Gray Amber effect, Phytonic Blue Metallic or the individual colors Aventurine Red and Tanzanite Blue. Another visual highlight of the revised 5-generation are the trapezoidal exhaust trims at the rear, which are now standard on all versions.
Another novelty of the new 5 Series are the BMW Individual Shadowline headlights, which complement the high-gloss exterior trim in black chrome. By choosing this package, customers can increase the visual appeal of their new 5 Series with darkened inserts on the upper edges of the headlights.
The much discussed 48-V mild hybrid system is new in the 540i for 2021. The idea behind this system is regenerative braking to power a 48V battery that powers the lights, steering and most of the interior trim. This reduces the parasitic loss of the motor and provides more power and efficiency. In addition, the delay is reduced when the “auto start / stop” function of the vehicle is activated.
The x40r and 540i xDrive are equipped on the same level, with the differences between the two being limited to the addition of the all-wheel drive system xDrive. The extra traction that this system offers reduces the sprint time of the 540i xDrive from 0 to 60 mph to 4.6 seconds (the RWD 540i takes 4.9 seconds). The 335 PS strong B58 single-turbo Inline Six remains unchanged in the facelift model.