Electric i5 Touring and Combustion Sedans Available
BMW yesterday proclaimed that the brand-new 5 Series will come out in October, with a range of options including mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric modes. Moreover, an unique all-electric i5 sedan as well as a one-and-only 5 Series Touring wagon (due for release in spring 2024) are both part of this exciting launch!
We have observed that the vehicle appears to fulfill all expectations of it being a premier performance sedan, and of course, its implementation of electric power will only improve its already superior levels of acceleration. There has yet to be an official comment regarding nonhybrid configurations, however, there is a possibility that the car can also make use of a turbocharged motor in the smaller trim versions.
The latest version of BMW’s iDrive operating system, 8.5, will be enabled with the introduction of the new series and will boast more convenience than ever before; including the now renowned BMW curved screen which has been featured on prior versions like the 7 Series and X7.
Reports recently emerged that the electric version of the car will be provided in M Performance form at some point in the coming years, enabled by the success of the i4 M50. This model delivers a hearty 536hp plus 586 lb-ft of torque due to its dual motor configuration.
“The all-electric BMW i4 M50 is a prime example of how BMW has successfully combined dynamic performance and electric mobility,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “In 2022, it was the top-selling BMW M model worldwide. Additionally, BMW M GmbH will be offering a fully electric performance version in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan range.”
The all-electric iteration should be available in eDrive40, xDrive40, M50 and M60 versions, boasting up to 600bhp – making the upcoming launch something of anticipation.
Speculation is high that the Touring version of the BMW 5-Series will feature the same trims and powertrain options as its sedan counterpart, except for the potential addition of an M5 model. Our spy images of the wagon shrouded in camouflage leaves us feeling disappointed, particularly since there has yet to be confirmation that it will be available in the U.S. market.
In years gone by, we would accept as much and proceed, but given that Audi seems to be experiencing such resounding achievement through the high-performing RS6 Avant wagon in the United States, there’s no way we’d disapprove of BMW craving a part of that estate car action.
2022 marked a memorable time for the 5 Series as the renowned Bavarian sporty sedan celebrated its golden jubilee. Across the five decades since 1972 over ten million have been manufactured and the upcoming 8th-gen version is anticipated to be more pioneering than ever.