BMW's 5 Series range has been given a light going-over for the 2014 model year, but you'd be forgiven for pulling out the magnifying glass.
Externally, there's a new front bumper and a subtly-revised grille, along with a number of small accents and highlights at both ends.
In the cabin, there's an updated touch-sensitive design for the iDrive interface and controller, increased storage space, new trim colour options and the addition of BMW's new Luxury Line and Modern Line packages.
New standard features include Xenon headlights, while LED headlights and foglights have been added to the options list.
The 4.4 litre V8 of the top-shelf 550i models picks up a significant power boost, now producing 350kW and 650Nm - up by 50kW and 50Nm.
BMW says the 0-100km/h time for the 550i sedan has been cut from 5.0 to 4.6 seconds, while fuel use falls 17 percent to 8.6 l/100km.
The new range will feature BMW's recently refined engines, upgraded to meet new Euro VI exhaust emissions standards. Overseas markets will also get a new entry-level model, the 518d.
Driven by the same four-cylinder turbodiesel found in the 520d and 525d, the new model offers 105kW and 360Nm, while fuel consumption is listed at just 4.5 l/100km. A 9.6 second run to 100km/h is promised.
Detailed earlier this month, the engine upgrades include a new 'sailing' mode that disengages the engine to conserve fuel, activating when the accelerator pedal is lifted without applying the brakes.
There's also a Proactive Driving Assistant, which uses road signs and upcoming changes in the road - courtesy of GPS satellite data - to help the drive optimise acceleration and braking for best fuel efficiency.
Speaking with TMR this month, BMW Australia's Scott Croaker said this feature is unlikely to come to the local range, due to a lack of sufficient satellite data available for Australia.
Australia will however see greater availability of the eight-speed sports automatic with launch control (included in this 5 Series update).
Watch for Australian pricing and details to be released closer to the updated 2014 5 Series range's debut later this year.
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