The i5, the first-ever all-electric version of BMW’s 5-Series premium sedan, was introduced on Wednesday. It will be on sale in showrooms as a 2024 model year.
The brand-new 2024 5 Series from BMW has been launched, and for the first time, the executive sedan is available in a completely electric version named the i5. The BMW i5 EV and 5 Series ICE cars share many visual cues and reflect the brand’s newest design language, with a few minor exceptions.
The i5 adopts the traditional three-box shape with a long hood and Hofmeister kink, as well as the brand’s distinguishing twin headlamps and kidney grille (which is optionally lighted). The sleek bumpers and flat LED taillights are particularly noteworthy. When compared to the i7 sedan or the XM SUV, BMW has taken the safe route in terms of aesthetics.
With measurements of 199.2 inches in length (+3.4 in), 74.8 inches in width (+1.3 in), and 59.6 inches in height (+1.4 in), the new 5 Series is larger than its forerunner. The longest in its sector wheelbase, which has grown by 0.8 inches, resulting in more comfortable sitting for the backseat passengers. Because of the low profile battery housed beneath the body, according to BMW, the i5 has the same amount of inside room as ICE-powered 5 Series cars. On the other hand, the trunk is smaller, measuring 17.3 instead of 18.4 cubic feet.
Driver-Focused Information Display Screen
The dashboard design of the BMW i5 is similar to that of the iX SUV inside, with the driver-focused, completely digital BMW Curved Display taking center stage. The system combines a 14.9-inch Control Display and a 12.3-inch Information Display that is both located behind the steering wheel.
The newest version of iDrive, BMW Operating System 8.5, which has a redesigned visual display with a clear start screen and QuickSelect access for straightforward touch operation, controls the BMW Curved Display. In addition to utilizing the buttons on the steering wheel and the BMW iDrive Controller in the center console, drivers may primarily use the touch screen and voice commands to manage the system.
Seam vents rather than traditional air vents and a redesigned gear selector switch on the center console control panel are other improvements. The BMW Interaction Bar, which has ambient lighting in the instrument panel and door area, My Modes for a personalized driving and interior experience, and seam vents are other advancements. Optional features include gesture control with BMW Natural Interaction and the BMW Head-Up display.
Up To 475Kilometers-295 Miles Of Range
The internal combustion, mild hybrid, and plug-in hybrid 5 Series vehicles all share the CLAR flexible drive architecture, which also serves as the foundation for the BMW i5.
The eDrive40 single-motor RWD variation and the M60 xDrive AWD performance model will be the two model variants of the BMW i5 that will be offered at its global debut in October 2023.
2024 BMW i5 eDrive40
Both models use BMW eDrive technology from the fifth generation, with motors that are touted to be incredibly powerful and efficient. When the Sport Boost or Lanch Control feature is used, the BMW i5 eDrive40 produces 335 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque, or 317 lb-ft (429 Nm).
2024 BMW i5 M60
With an electronically regulated peak speed of 193 kph/120 mph, this allows the entry-level vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
A high-voltage battery that has a combined useable capacity of 84.3 kilowatt-hours and is made up of 4 modules with 72 battery cells each and 3 modules with 12 cells each power both variations.
The battery allows a driving range of 256 miles for the i5 M60 xDrive or 295 miles for the i5 eDrive40 on standard 19-inch wheels. Based on the EPA’s test process guidelines, BMW estimates the range ratings.