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2021 BMW M5 gets expected upgrades, all for the better

BMW has refreshed the X5 and X5 Competition for the 2021 model year.

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BMW has refreshed the M5 sedan for the 2021 model year. The updates all fall into the "expected" category with fresh front and rear styling, more infotainment options, improved performance options, and changes to the paint job lineup.

The German automaker will continue to offer the car in M5 and M5 Competition variants.

The front of the sedans now features an enlarged version of the company's signature kidney grille. BMW has surrounded the grille with a single piece of chrome, which is horizontally flanked by larger air intakes. The headlights are slimmer.

2021 BMW X5 Competition The grille on the model is new, as are the headlights.Photo courtesy of BMW

At the rear, M-specific quad exhaust pipes sit under a restyled rear bumper and diffuser. Like the headlights, the taillights now feature an L-shapes design.

The M5 Competition comes with a black finish for the BMW kidney grille surround, the front fender side-gill mesh inserts, the exterior mirror caps, the rear trunk spoiler, name badges and rear bumper inserts. The tips of the Competition model's M Sport exhaust system are finished in black chrome.

BMW will offer new Brands Hatch Grey and Motegi Red Metallic paint jobs. BMW Individual paint colors now include Tanzanite Blue II metallic, Aventurine Red II metallic, and the matte finish Frozen Bluestone metallic.

The 2021 M5 continues to be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It can get to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds.

2021 BMW X5 Competition The rear of the car includes a new taillight design.Photo courtesy of BMW

The 2021 M5 Competition has the same engine, but tuned to 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It is a tenth of a second faster to 62 mph. This model also gets a new Track drive mode.

Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A single M mode button replaces the previous individual buttons for the engine, chassis, suspension, steering and xDrive system.

The M5 Competition has also gotten new equipment to aid in its daily driver duties like speeding down the highway and going over speed bumps. It has new shock absorbers and a fully recalibrated damper control system. The standard compound brake calipers will now be available in a black or red finish.

That model also gets the option of full Marino leather in black and Midrand beige with Alcantara inserts for upholstery.

2021 BMW X5 Competition The car now has a 12.3-inch infotainment screen.Photo courtesy of BMW

The cars both have a 12.3-inch driver information display and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen now. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and navigation are standard.

BMW has priced the M5 to start at $103,500 and the M5 Competition to start at $111,100. Pricing does not include the $995 destination charge.

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Ford has revealed the silhouettes of the three models in the Bronco family.

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Ford has made it official. Not only will we see the Ford Bronco for the first time next Monday night, we'll see three Ford Broncos. That's right, the automaker is making two- and four-door versions of the heralded 4x4 SUV as well as the more lifestyle-focused Bronco Sport.

From the images Ford released, it's apparent that the two-door Bronco delivers a different flavor than the four-door, rather than just being a shortened model. The two-door 2021 Ford Bronco is shown without its two front doors and what appears to be a soft top style roof. Its blunt front end and silhouette are reminiscent of the original Bronco.

2021 Ford Bronco family Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The four-door model shown is what most Americans likely think of as the traditional Bronco. It is squared off and upright with flared fenders, a spare wheel out back, hard top, and a blunt front smiler to the two-door version.

We've already seen the headlights and sides of the Bronco as part of Instagram teasers the company released last week.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport sits on the same platform as the 2020 Ford Escape. Its interior is designed with a rugged yet comfortable lifestyle in mind. Because of its production mate, the Bronco Sport is likely to not be as capable as the two- or four-door Bronco.

With these images, Ford makes it clear that Bronco has the Jeep Wrangler firmly in its sights. While the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Sahara match up size-wise with the Bronco, the Bronco Sport is more the size of the Jeep Cherokee. Whether or not there is enough room in America's hearts for all the models remains to be seen.

The debut of the Bronco is slated for July 13 at 8 p.m. Click here to see all the ways to watch it alongside AutomotiveMap. Then, plan on coming back to AutomotiveMap for full model coverage, just like we did with redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 two weeks ago.

Bronco fans can reserve their Bronco model for $100 each, starting Monday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Ford will host four Bronco Roadeos in 2021.

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The 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are meant to be capable off-roaders. Brand and off-roading enthusiasts will be invited to attend a series of new Jeep Jamboree-like events called Bronco Off-Roadeos, starting next year.

There will be four Off-Roadeos, each one leveraging the built-in brand identity of the SUV to attract attendees for test their skills on what Ford calls "an outdoor adventure playground for all skill levels" with experiences designed "to build confidence and inspired Bronco owners to get out in the wild for years to come."

Ford Bronco Off-Roadeo badge Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford's use of "the wild" isn't a coincidence. The company has launched a Built Wild brand identity as part of the Bronco and Bronco Sport launch.

The company will also use the independently-owned Bronco Nation online community to connect with fans.

Additionally, the company will be launching a new line of Bronco merchandise. The long list of Bronco products includes everything from gear to remote control cars. Ford-licensed Bronco merchandise is available at Amazon.com/fordbronco.

A portion of Bronco merchandise proceeds will be donated to the Bronco brand's stewardship efforts.

The 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport will be unveiled on July 13, 2020. Click here to learn more about how to watch the debut from the comfort of your own home.

In the meantime, you can get excited about the SUV by listening to the Bronco playlist on Spotify, learning more about the Built Wild credentials, and learning about the two (yes, not one, but two) Broncos O.J. Simpson made famous.

If you're thinking of buying a Bronco, you can reserve your place in line starting July 13. Here's how to get a spot.

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