Subtle but meaningful enhancements are in store for the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan and Gran Turismo lineups, which are set to arrive in showrooms here this August. Beyond profile-enhancing nose and tail tweaks, both will expand their roster of standard and optional equipment. While only the Sedan adds a new turbodiesel variant, modifications to the 4.4-liter V8 engine in the top-line 550i and 550i xDrive variants increase its pony count by over 10 percent.

Key visual variations on the 2014 5 Series Sedan (and its greener ActiveHybrid 5 sibling) center on revised contour lines around the grille, reshaped air intakes and new thin-line LED taillamps, while the Gran Turismo gets its own front fascia recasting and benefits from an extended liftgate configuration that ups cargo capacity by 2.1 cu ft. Like the 4-door, it sports restyled taillights. All models now come with Adaptive Xenon headlamps while Adaptive LED alternatives join the extras list.

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For the first time, all 5 Series buyers will be able to go beyond the standard specification trim and choose from three upgraded configurations - Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport. Paralleling those available on the 3 Series, each features its own specific packaging elements and will offer primo Nappa leather upholstery as a no-charge extra. Inside, these 2014 BMWs feature subtle trim refinements and a larger covered center storage bin. However, the most notable gain comes in the form of a now-standard iDrive4.2 Navigation system with a new rotary controller featuring a touchpad that allows direct input of alpha-numeric characters. The electronic upgrade also includes an even more capable BMW ConnectedDrive package complete with the latest BMW Apps.

Output figures of the TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder and inline-6 engines in the 528i and 535i remain unchanged at 240 and 300 horses, respectively, and the gas/electric ActiveHybrid 5 also carries over at its current 335-horse total. However, for 2014, 550i models get the latest Valvetronic-enhanced version of BMW's 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8. Identical in spec to the engine in the current 750i, it makes 445 horsepower -- a gain of 45 from the current engine -- and develops 480 lb-ft of torque, 30 more peak twist units than the 2013 model. New to the mix, BMW's slick six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbodiesel in the 535d Sedan is fitted with a single variable-geometry T-charger and makes 255 horsepower along with a stout 413 lb-ft of torque from 1,500-3,000 rpm (both preliminary figures). Although final EPA specs are still pending on this engine, BMW expects they'll be even better than the 528i. 

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Pricing for the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan will open at $50,425 for the 528i, with the added content pushing MSRP up by $1,700 over the existing car. The 2014 535i is set to start at $56,025, the new 535d at $57,525 and the 550i at $64,825. The 2014 535i Gran Turismo begins at $60,925 while the 550i commands $68,825. Opting for xDrive all-wheel drive will add $2,300 to each of the aforementioned figures. The 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid5 starts at $62,325.

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