BMW launches 3 cars online, including new electrified 2021 5 Series

Updated Mar 18, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

BMW is going hybrid for its 2021 lineup

The rise of the hybrid era in the auto industry seems to be inevitable as BMW introduces the new 5 Series, 6 series, and X2 xDrive25e in an online world premiere. All of these three new BMW vehicles now come with either a mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain option.

For the BMW 5 Series, the German automaker kept most of its key design features. A new more linear LED running lights have been added, so as a longer and wider kidney grille.

Same goes at the back, the taillights have been slightly redesigned to form new L-shaped signature inlays.

A 2021 BMW 5 Series

The 2021 BMW 5 Series

BMW will be offering 4 trim levels for the 5 series, including the 530i, 530e plug-in, 540i, and M550i. The 540i model will have a more efficient driving experience with the help of its new 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

While the 530e plug-in hybrid now uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and an electric drive unit that produces a total power of 288 hp and 420 Nm of torque

On the other hand, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo comes in with a revamped exterior design and updated interior. It has been added with new contours for its kidney grille and updated its headlights.

The lower air intake is now divided which gives the 6 Series a sharper looking front fascia.

A 2021 BMW 6 Series

The 2021 BMW 6 Series

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All engines for the 6 series will be equipped with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system as standard equipment – this will add 11 hp to the 6 Series GT and increase its overall efficiency.

The 6 series’ engine options include a 2.0-liter inline 4 gasoline engine, 3.0-liter inline 6 gasoline engine, 2.0-liter inline 4 diesel engine, and 3.0-liter inline 6 diesel.

Lastly, the compact crossover BMW X2. It will share the same powertrain with the X1 xDrive25e but will feature a more aggressive take on design details.

The fog lights have been removed to make space for a sportier front bumper design. LED headlights come standard and it will run on 17-inch wheels with a double-spoke design with a U-shape at the rims.

A 2021 BMW X2 xDrive25e

The 2021 BMW X2 xDrive25e

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The X2 xDrive25e can generate a total power of 217 hp and 385 Nm of torque.

For its all-wheel-drive option, it uses a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine to power the front axle and a rear-mounted electric motor for the back wheels that can run from 0 to 100 in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 km/h.

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Know more about BMW 3 Series 2024

BMW 3 Series

The 2023 BMW 318i Sport is the latest version of the 3 Series available for the Philippine market. It then retails locally for Php 3,790,000. 

Powering the 318i Sport is a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that’s capable of making up to 156 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its rear wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox. 

Size-wise, the all-new 3-Series is 4,713mm long, 1,827mm wide, and 1,440mm in height.  

Locally, the BMW 318i Sport rivals the Lexus IS, Subaru WRX, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Audi A4, among others.  

₱ 3,790,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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