The F10-generation BMW 5 Series arrived here in the United States for the 2011 model year, and the only substantial update thus far has been the addition of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the base 528i model for 2012. But as we can now see in these latest spy shots, a small nip/tuck is on tap for BMW's midsize executive saloon, meaning slight tweaks to the front and rear fascias will be offered as part of the model's mid-cycle refresh.

As is the case with the vast majority of new BMW models, the updated 5 Series will use the more squared-off LED Angel Eyes seen on the 6 Series and 7 Series, with other elements of the sedan's front end being touched-up, as well. It's hard to tell exactly what lies under the swirly paper, but we expect more stylized headlamp clusters (like those seen on the 2013 7 Series) to make their way onto the Fiver. Additionally, the lower air intakes appear to be more pronounced and aggressive than the svelte design found on the current car. Out back, it looks like the taillamps are also receiving a slight makeover, though the overall shape isn't changing too much from what's offered right now.

Mum's the word on any powertrain enhancements for the refreshed 5 Series, but we don't expect BMW to stray from its current engine lineup here in the US. That means the 2.0-liter turbo-four will likely start things off at the low end, with the 3.0-liter turbo six and 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 rounding out the 535i and 550i models, respectively.

As for when the new 5 Series will debut, your guess is as good as ours, but since this is only a mild enhancement, we'd expect the changes to arrive sometime in 2013 for the 2014 model year.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I am sorry the 5-series became such a big honking car. I suppose it was inevitable, but I preferred it when it was a bit smaller and more nimble, like the E39.
        • 2 Years Ago
        The E39 is my all time favorite 5 Series BMW. Perfect in every dimension.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Regarding powertrain, expect the 550i to get the N63Tu with 450hp, similar how the 650i and 750i got it this year.
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh good. Now they can use the same body panels on 3 series and 5 series. /s
      • 2 Years Ago
      facelift is the right word(maybe more like botox). the 5 and 7 series just shuffle along with an M-version to "spice" it up. test drove the new 3, and HATE that turn on/off system to save fuel in the model i drove. 4's and turbo just don't do it for me either. get a design team bmw!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they also updated the steering by adding some feel to it cause the current models have NONE. So sad for a BMW to have zero steering feel.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The non-M sport 5-Series really needed a new front bumper...I really wish the tail lights were about half the size as they are now, they come too close together or something.