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BMW teases debut of refreshed 2021 5 Series

BMW is marching ahead with its plan to tease the forthcoming 5 Series facelift.

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Though there have been leaks featuring the look of the 2021 BMW 5 Series already, the German automaker is marching full steam ahead with a teaser campaign ahead of the model's official debut just a few weeks from now.

From the looks of the teaser, the company's signature kidney grille will be getting a redesign, but not the bucktoothed look of the i4 Concept. It's okay to release a sigh of relief. The headlights appear to have a fresh level of squint, which is in keeping with the looks of the concept.

2017 BMW 5 Series The current BMW 5 Series is shown for comparison.Photo courtesy of BMW

While it's not shown in the teaser image, there are a few powertrain tidbits we know for sure. First off, the 5 Series sedan and wagon will be electrified. Remember, that doesn't mean that they'll be electric vehicles (EVs). This likely means that we'll see some level of 48-volt mild hybrid and traditional hybrid system available throughout the lineup, as well as a plug-in hybrid model. Europe is also likely to get a diesel variant.

Rear- and all-wheel drive will likely remain as standard and available, respectively, because this is just a facelift rather than a full platform redesign.

BMW will probably sell the 5 Series in an M Sport variant, as they do with nearly every other model in the lineup. Red M Sport brake calipers could make their debut on the model for the first time. Count on there being a M5 facelift forthcoming as well, though we may have to wait a while to officially see that one.

Inside the cabin, the car is set to have more technology changes than aesthetic ones. Support for Android Auto via a wireless connection is almost certain. The car will also have the latest BMW infotainment operating system, BMW Operating System 7.0.

Stay tuned for more information on the model.

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Acura is revealing its next-gen MDX slowly, first with this, the MDX Prototype.

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The MDX is the best-selling Acura in the lineup. It's also America's best-selling luxury three-row SUV. But that's not good enough.

Acura is redesigning the MDX and as it prepares to enter a fourth generation, a prototype of the new SUV will be shown on October 14. This looks to follow the same pattern as the TLX launch, which saw a prototype revealed about six months before the true model debut, just after the PMC Edition was put on sale.

Acura says that the next-gen MDX will usher in " new levels of Acura design, performance, technology and craftsmanship, assuming the mantle as the brand's new flagship model". And that's a good thing. The brand revolution that started with the RDX and continued with the TLX looks to go even further in a bid to re-establish Acura on its premium model throne.

The ofirst MDX was the industry's first three-row SUV based on a unibody platform, a design that has since gone mainstream as crossovers and lifestyle SUVs overrun a vehicle type that started as rugged off-roaders and family trucksters. Since it's debut, the MDX has garnered praise from buyers and critics alike including winning the 2001 North American Truck of the Year and 2001 Motor Trend SUV of the Year awards.

Over the past two decades, cumulative sales have surpassed 1 million units, securing MDX's place as the best-selling Acura model, accounting for roughly one-third of the brand's U.S. sales since its launch.

"We're accelerating Acura's commitment to Precision Crafted Performance and this fourth-generation MDX is the most ambitious and consequential redesign of an Acura core model in our history," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. "This all-new MDX will take us into new territory in terms of performance, prestige and emotional appeal."

The teaser image (above) and video (below) that were released today highlight the sharply sculpted beltline running the perimeter of the wider, lower and longer MDX, connecting the Jewel Eye LED headlights at the front to the Chicane LED taillights in the rear.

The MDX Prototype pulls heavily from the RDX and TLX with design nods to each. Still, it's unmistakably a three-row SUV. Though we don't know for sure what's under the hood, expect the MDX to have more a dynamic driving style when it debuts, following in the vein of the RDX and TLX redesigns.

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The Aznom Palladium is going to be slightly larger than the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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If you didn't know that Aznom was making a vehicle they call a "hyper-limousine", you aren't alone. Most Americans have never heard of Aznom, a luxury car customizer. You may be hearing more about them soon.

The Monza, Italy-based company is looking to create a vehicle that can be used by heads of state that employs the opulence of luxury automobiles from the 1930s. The vehicles Aznom admires had voluminous dimensions and all-terrain capability.

Azonm says that Palladium is "without a doubt a surprising vehicle and, in the manufacturer's intentions, is set up to fill an interesting and exclusive niche."

Aznom Palladium The car's design is inspired by Greek and Roman architecture.Photo courtesy of Aznom

Palladium's designers have described the car as a "hyper-limousine" that unites the traditional characteristics of a luxury sedan with dynamic drive qualities. Aznom lists the desirable sedan features as comfort, materials and manufacturing quality, ample space, and reliability. They also describe the Palladian as "powerful, strong and unstoppable like a true all-wheel drive off-road vehicle".

The model was designed by Alessandro Camorali and his Camal Studio, which is based in Torino, Italy. He took inspiration from classic Greek and Roman style.

The vehicle's proportions are large. It's nearly two meters tall and six meters long. That's slightly bigger than the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Aznom is committed to creating a small series of Palladium vehicles.

The official unveiling of Aznom Palladium is scheduled for the last week in October in Milan, during the Milano Monza Open Air Motor Show.

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