We’ve seen the new Mercedes E class, it’s time for the new BMW 5 Series (first in limousine and later in Touring wagon form).
More precisely, BMW will present the eighth generation of the 5 Series on May 24, when the public will also get to know the electric i5. However, an official picture appeared in public even before the announced premiere.
For now, there are not many details, but it is known that production will start this summer, and sales in October.
BMW will produce the new “five” at its factory in Dingolfing, Germany.
Initially, the electric BMW i5 will be available in two configurations; as the base eDrive40 and M60 xDrive. The entry-level model will have a single engine with 340 hp, while the more powerful M60 xDrive comes with two engines and a total of 598 hp. BMW has yet to reveal torque figures.
The i5 eDrive40 version will have a range between 468 and 582 km, and the BMW i5 M60 between 436 and 516 km.
The new BMW i5 will also be packed with technology such as the autonomous driving feature, part of the Driving Assistant Professional and Highway Assistant packages.
It’s a Level 2+ system, not the more sophisticated Lidar-based Level 3 system, so it still requires you to pay attention to the road. But it allows you to completely remove your hands from the steering wheel at speeds up to 130 km/h.
What makes the i5 version unique is that looking in the rearview mirror will prompt the car to change lanes. Alternatively, you can change lanes by tapping the turn signal, like on the i7.
The BMW i5 will also feature LED headlights, responsible for the model’s unique light signature.
Oliver Zipse, chairman of the board of BMW AG, revealed earlier that “the all-electric Performance model from BMW M GmbH will also be included in the new 5 Series sedan line.” Zipse said the i4 M50 was “the best-selling BMW M model in the world in 2022,” prompting the German automaker to opt for a similar offering based on the larger i5.
BMW also revealed some information about the 5 Series with SUS engines. The powertrain range will include petrol and diesel options with 48-volt mild hybrid technology, in addition to plug-in hybrids, staying true to BMW’s idea of offering the customer more choice. The company suggests this will be the most dynamic and comfortable 5 Series ever.
It is expected that the new M5 will come with a plug-in hybrid drive, and the announcement of what we can expect is shown by the recently presented BMW XM Label Red, which has 550 kW/748 HP and 1000 Nm of torque (thanks to the combination of a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 petrol and electric motor).
The interior of the new generation will have a curved screen running on the BMW operating system 8.5. However, it can be assumed that the Series 5 will also receive the OS 9.0 upgrade in the near future.
BMW has built more than 10 million units of the 5 Series since the debut of the first generation in 1972.
Prepared by: Ivan Mitić – Autoblog.rs
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