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BMW Electrifies the Luxury Market with the All-New i5 Series

BMW 5 Series

The Dawn of a New Era

The BMW 5 Series has taken a bold leap into the future with the introduction of its all-electric i5 variants, the i5 M60 xDrive and the i5 eDrive40. These models blend speed, technology, and comfort, offering a tantalizing choice for electric vehicle enthusiasts. After an exclusive test drive at BMW’s 2023 TestFest, I’m sharing my firsthand experience of these groundbreaking sedans.

Design Mastery by Christopher Weil

Christopher Weil, Head of Exterior Design for BMW, has crafted the i5 Series to perfection, balancing size, driving dynamics, and aesthetic appeal. The i5 Series complements BMW’s electric fleet with its unique appeal, striking a chord between the i4, i7, and iX SUV.

Unleashing the Power of the i5 M60 xDrive

The i5 M60 xDrive is a powerhouse, boasting 593 hp and a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds. Its all-wheel-drive system and second electric motor on the front axle ensure an adrenaline-pumping drive, although its range is a modest 256 miles per charge.

Elegance Meets Efficiency in the i5 eDrive40

The i5 eDrive40 is the epitome of efficiency and elegance, with 335 horsepower and an impressive range of 295 miles. Its rear-wheel-drive layout pays homage to BMW’s heritage, delivering a balanced and engaging driving experience perfect for daily commutes and longer journeys.

Advanced Tech for the Modern Driver

Both i5 models come with the BMW Curved Display and the latest iDrive system, revolutionizing the in-car digital experience. Features like the Highway Assistant and Active Lane Change with eye activation highlight BMW’s innovation in automotive technology.

Distinctive Features for Electric Enthusiasts

The sporty elegance of the 5 Series is maintained in the i5, with the M60 xDrive flaunting performance-driven design elements, while the eDrive40 opts for a more subtle elegance, emphasizing its efficient character.

Fast Charging and Attractive Pricing

Level 2 and DC fast charging compatibility means the i5’s battery can reach 80% charge in about 30 minutes. Prices start at $66,800 for the eDrive40, with the M60 xDrive beginning at $84,100, offering luxury electric driving for a range of budgets.

Evolution of the 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series evolves with the i5, offering a choice between EV, mild-hybrid, or plug-in hybrid without compromising on style. The new 5 Series grows in size and sophistication, featuring a revamped interior with a cutting-edge curved display screen and new BMW Operating System 8.5.

Performance and Comfort Redefined

The i5’s instant torque ensures a smooth and comfortable drive, with the M60 xDrive adding advanced features like electronically controlled dampers and rear-axle steering for an enhanced driving experience. High-performance M Sport brakes and active roll stabilization contribute to the M60’s superior handling.

Conclusion: The i5 Sets a New Standard

The BMW i5 Series sets a new benchmark in the premium electric sedan market, offering an unparalleled blend of speed, comfort, and luxury. Whether you opt for the thrilling performance of the M60 or the efficient eDrive40, the i5 is poised to exceed expectations and continue BMW’s legacy of excellence.