BMW i5 Electric Touring Debuts

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BMW has introduced the i5 Touring, its first premium all-electric wagon. The i5 Touring arrives in two potent variants. Leading the charge is the BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring, featuring electric all-wheel drive. An electric motor on each axle outputs a combined 601 horsepower and 820 Nm (605 ft-lb) of torque. This allows it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds with a 230 km/h (143 mph) top speed.

The second variant, the BMW i5 eDrive40 Touring, uses a single rear-mounted electric motor. Though less powerful than its M60 sibling, it still packs a respectable 340 horsepower and 430 Nm (317 ft-lb) of torque. The eDrive40’s sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 6.1 seconds. An 81.2 kWh battery is found in both i5 Touring versions.

“In both models, the high-voltage battery located in the underbody provides a usable energy content of 81.2 kWh. In addition to the efficient electric motors, adaptive recuperation and heat pump technology for heating and cooling the interior, drive and high-voltage battery contribute to the long-distance capability of the BMW i5 Touring,” a BMW spokesperson noted.

BMW claims the i5 M60 xDrive Touring achieves a 445 to 506-kilometer (277 to 314-mile) range, while the i5 eDrive40 Touring will travel an estimated 483 to 560 kilometers (300 to 348 miles) under WLTP testing.

BMW touts innovative charging solutions

BMW provides convenient charging features within its BMW Charging ecosystem. At home, users can charge using AC with up to 11 kW as standard or up to 22 kW as an option. DC fast charging, supported at up to 205 kW, allows for rapid battery replenishment on the go. The BMW i5 Touring also facilitates convenient Plug & Charge functionality.

See also: BMW i5 Electric Sedan Excels in Arctic Winter Testing

Diesel option with mild hybrid tech remains

BMW hasn’t completely abandoned internal combustion in the new 5 Series Touring. Diesel remains available, featuring 48-volt mild hybrid technology to boost efficiency. Initially, there’s a four-cylinder diesel in the BMW 520d Touring with 197 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

More variants of the 5 Series Touring are anticipated, including new plug-in hybrid models set to arrive in summer 2024.

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