BMW i5 revealed with two powertrain options

BMW i5 front

The long-awaited BMW i5 sedan has been unveiled and it joins the global line-up of all electric BMW models that include the BMW iX1, BMW i4 and BMW i7. It is set to also spawn the highly anticipated BMW i5 Touring – one of the first executive all-electric estates on the market.

  1. BMW i5 M60 xDrive gets 601hp, 820Nm
  2. The new i5 gets up to 582km of range on the WLTP cycle
  3. The new i5 gets a 81.2kWh lithium-ion battery

New BMW i5: powertrain

BMW will hope the electric powertrain, arriving in two power levels, will bring new customers to the brand, as well as bolster the sales of its best-selling model. At launch, the electric i5 will be available in two specifications – rear-wheel-drive eDrive40 and four-wheel-drive M60 xDrive. The rear-wheel-drive eDrive40 receives a rear-mounted electric motor developing 340hp and 430Nm of torque, giving it a claimed 0-100kph time of 6.0sec and a 193kph top speed.

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The four-wheel-drive M60 xDrive uses the same rear-mounted electric motor in combination with a smaller front-mounted motor that delivers an added 259hp and 269lb ft. All up, it develops a combined system output of 601hp and 820Nm for a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.8sec and an electronically limited top speed of 230kph.

New BMW i5 battery and range

Both i5 models feature an 81.2kWh lithium ion battery as standard. The eDrive40 offers a claimed range of between 497 and 582km (WLTP), while the more powerful M60 xDrive delivers a claimed 455 to 516km of range on the WLTP cycle.

Each i5 has 11kW AC charging functionality as standard, although this can be increased to 22kW with an optional onboard charger. The maximum DC charging capability is put at 205kW, with BMW claiming a 10-80 percent charge within 30 minutes. Together with the eDrive40 and M60 xDrive, BMW has confirmed that a third i5 model is scheduled to arrive in 2024.

New BMW i5 dimensions and platform 

Kerb weights for the initial 5 Series line-up range from 1680kg for the combustion-engined 520i to 2305kg for the i5 M60 xDrive. The basis for the new 5 Series is BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform. It is the same structure that underpins all BMW models featuring either a longitudinally mounted combustion engine or an electric drivetrain.

Mirroring the latest 7 Series, with which it shares many critical components, the 5 Series has grown in size. Its length has increased by 97mm to 5060mm, width has risen by 32mm to 1900mm and height is up by 36mm to 1515mm. The wheelbase has also gained 20mm, at 2995mm.

New BMW i5 exterior

Stylistically, the new model adopts the change in design direction at BMW first seen on the iX, with a much more modern look than the model it replaces. The front is still dominated by BMW’s classic kidney grille, which on the pure-electric i5 sports a blanked-off design in high-gloss black plastic. It also gets illuminated grille surrounds, like on the new i7. 

The new i5 also gets slim headlights with two, vertically stacked LED daytime running lights in each unit. As on all recent BMW models, traditional door handles have made way for flush-fitting units. They combine with other wind-cheating elements, including a flat underbody, to allow the i5 eDrive40 to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.23. 

At the back, the i5 adopts the new 7 Series design language with thin LED tail-lamps. Interestingly, each tail-lamp has a chrome separator between the two LED elements. 

New BMW i5 interior and features

The BMW i5 gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen – the latter running the latest BMW iDrive 8.5 operating system based on Linux software and offering gaming and video functions for the first time. It is operated via a similar-looking physical controller to the i7, placed on the centre console. In fact, the entire centre console borrows its design from the i7. 

Furthermore, the BMW i5 also gets the ambient lighting elements from the new i7. The thick ambient lighting bar stretches from the dashboard to the door cards and can be configured to show different colours together. The i5 as well as the new 5 Series now gets a panoramic sunroof, while the previous generation 5 Series only came with a standard-size sunroof. Like the i7, the new i5 also has a boost button on the steering wheel – which again is a direct lift from the i7. 

New BMW i5 rivals

The new i5 electric sedan will rival the likes Mercedes-Benz EQE, Tesla Model S and upcoming Audi A6 E-tron overseas. It is likely to launch in India in 2024 and will not have a direct rival as the aforementioned models are not available here. 

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