BMW Launches the 8th Generation 5 Series, Including its First Fully Electric Model

What’s Happening

BMW is introducing the latest edition of its renowned 5 Series – more dynamic than before, packed with digital innovations, and available fully electric. The all-electric BMW i5 leads the charge towards sustainable premium mobility, reflecting BMW’s commitment to eco-friendly advancements. Set to launch globally in October 2023, the new 5 Series offers a versatile architecture that accommodates all-electric drivetrains and efficient internal combustion engines with 48-volt mild hybrid technology.

Why It Matters

With climate change concerns mounting, the shift towards sustainable mobility is not just an option, but a necessity. BMW’s move towards an all-electric 5 Series reflects its commitment to environmentally friendly solutions. This launch positions BMW at the forefront of eco-friendly luxury vehicle production, showcasing how the automaker is actively integrating sustainability into its prestigious lineage.

BMW i5 Inteior

Key Points

The BMW i5 eDrive40, equipped with advanced eDrive technology, features a maximum power output of 335 hp and can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. The sportier BMW i5 M60 xDrive sits at the top of the 5 Series range, boasting a 590 hp electric drivetrain that accelerates from 0-60 mph in a staggering 3.7 seconds.

The electric 5 Series includes a high-voltage battery, a product of the latest fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology. This advanced battery system provides a usable energy content of 84.3 kWh, allowing the i5 eDrive40 to travel up to 295 miles on a single charge, while the i5 M60 xDrive can reach 256 miles.

When it comes to charging, BMW has left no stone unturned. With the Combined Charging Unit, Level 2 AC charging up to 11 kW is available. For DC fast charging, a charging rate of 205 kW can replenish the battery from 10% to 80% in about 30 minutes. Moreover, first-time owners will receive two years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America DC fast-charging locations.

Efficiency is also optimized with a novel combination of heat pump technology for the integrated heating and cooling circuit, the ‘My Mode EFFICIENT’ with new MAX RANGE function, and anticipatory thermal management for optimized DC fast charging.

Bottom Line

BMW’s latest 5 Series signals a significant step forward in the company’s commitment to sustainable premium mobility. With robust features, superior design, and an all-electric option, the 8th generation BMW 5 Series marries environmental consciousness with the performance and comfort that consumers have come to expect from BMW. With the world moving rapidly towards clean energy solutions, BMW is proving it’s more than ready to lead the way.


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