The E60 that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2005 is the same car as the Frankfurt model (M5), but with a different exterior color, a different 5 Series badge in the front fender, cruise control, and steering wheel. The navigation system is available, though not described as such then. The car also has new gear shifts, a 6-spoke E39 style steering wheel and revised pedals.
For the 2006 model year, the first-generation E60 models underwent a significant facelift, with new creases on the front bumper, enlargement of the side skirts, and the elaboration of the grille. The interior was profoundly remodeled, although in-line of the two generations that had preceded it. The shape of the steering wheel remained unchanged. French and German variants of the car were offered (the second generation of the BMW 5 Series is sold in America as the 535i and 535xi but the same car was built for the fourth generation of the 5 Series, which debuted in 2012).
From the fourth generation BMW 5 Series, the car was facelifted for its third series with a slightly larger front air dam and a reworked grille. A new Navigation Plus with the optional navigation system could also be ordered, as well as the option to deliver the services on CDs (as was standard for Mini and Jaguar models). Most vehicles had the navigation mounted in the center of the instrument cluster. To avoid confusion with the first generation BMW 5 Series, the second generation E60 was called BMW 5 Series until the end of 2008, when as a marketing decision, the model designation "E60" was resumed.
On the aerodynamic front, the BMW E60 squared the wheel arches by at least half a centimetre. The car got a wider greenhouse and a lower front with the car featuring a ‘duck-bill’ front bumper with an air dam. The side sills got curvy forms, while the kidney grille had two vertical strips. d2c66b5586