Even as the pandemic is gripping the world, the auto industry isn't putting on the brakes when it comes to new car launches. With automakers taking the virtual route for their debuts, this seems to be the new normal for the motoring sector, at least until the virus subsides.
With that, BMW will be hosting its first virtual launch this week. It's not just one car either as the brand from Bavaria will be unveiling a pair of mid-sized luxury sedans. These are the updated 5 Series and 6 Series Gran Turismo.
Curiously, the main event will be held in Incheon, South Korea, rather than the marque's headquarters in Munich, Germany. BMW Korea said the reason why it will be held there is due to the popularity of the 5 Series, and the 6 Series Gran Turismo will tag along for this particular launch. There is merit to that claim too, as the 5 Series is one of South Korea's top-selling imported cars according to a recent sales report. It even outsells the smaller, more affordable 3 Series.
The cars will be launched tomorrow, May 27, at 10:00 AM, Seoul time. Updates to be expected include a tweaked front end and both cars might get some cues from the recently facelifted 7 Series. That means we might see a wide grill and slim headlight application, but not to the extent of the flagship sedan. The cars are also expected to have technology upgrades and updates, and it might have a new digital instrument cluster as seen in the all-new 3 Series sedans and wagons.
Engines on the other hand are expected to be carried over from the current model. It consists of a range of turbocharged four and six-cylinder gas engines, along with four and six-cylinder turbodiesels. A plug-in hybrid model is expected in the form of the 530e.
As for the Philippines, it might be a while before we see them sitting in our local showrooms.