BMW has unveiled the all-new 2024 5 Sequence (G60), and for the primary time ever the manager sedan gives a totally electrical variant referred to as i5.
Except some minor particulars, the BMW i5 EV and 5 Sequence ICE fashions look largely the identical, adopting the model’s newest design language.
The i5 clearly seems like a 5 Sequence, adopting the traditional three-box design with an extended hood and Hofmeister kink, and displaying a contemporary interpretation of the model’s signature twin headlights and kidney grille (optionally illuminated). The flat LED taillights and sporty bumpers are additionally value a point out. BMW has clearly performed it secure within the styling division in comparison with the i7 sedan or XM SUV.
The brand new 5 Sequence is bigger than its predecessor, measuring 199.2 inches in size (+3.4 in), 74.8 inches in width (+1.3 in), and 59.6 inches in peak (+1.4 in). The wheelbase has additionally elevated by 0.8 in to 117.9 in – the longest in its section – which leads to improved seating consolation for rear passengers.
BMW says the i5 gives the identical quantity of cabin area as ICE-powered 5 Sequence fashions, because of the low profile battery positioned within the underbody. Nonetheless, the trunk is smaller at 17.3 cubic ft in comparison with 18.4 cubic ft.
Inside, the BMW i5 adopts a dashboard format that reminds of the iX SUV, with the driver-oriented, absolutely digital BMW Curved Show taking middle stage. The setup consists of a 12.3-inch Info Show behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch Management Show, which merge right into a single unit.
The BMW Curved Show is operated by iDrive’s newest era – BMW Working System 8.5 – that includes new graphic show with a transparent begin display and QuickSelect entry for easy and intuitive contact operation. Drivers can function the management system primarily by the contact display and pure language, in addition to utilizing steering wheel buttons and the BMW iDrive Controller on the middle console.
Different improvements embrace the BMW Interplay Bar with ambient lighting within the instrument panel and door space, My Modes for a customizable driving and inside expertise, seam vents as an alternative of standard air vents, and the brand new gear selector swap on the middle console management panel. The BMW Head-Up show and BMW Pure Interplay for gesture management can be found as choices.
Apparently, the BMW i5 additionally debuts in-car gaming in cooperation with gaming platform AirConsole. Driver and passengers can play informal video games – racing, sports activities, quiz, simulation, technique, jump-and-run, and puzzle – whereas the automobile is stationary utilizing their smartphone as a controller and the BMW Curved Show.
BMW says the i5 additionally will get redesigned seats for extra consolation, together with within the rear, with customary absolutely leather-free inside upholstery or optionally available Prolonged Merino leather-based being supplied. A hard and fast panoramic Sky Lounge roof is obtainable as an possibility for the primary time on the 5 Sequence.
Not like the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan that makes use of a devoted EV platform, the BMW i5 is constructed on the CLAR versatile drive structure shared with inner combustion, delicate hybrid and plug-in hybrid 5 Sequence fashions.
On the world market launch in October 2023, the BMW i5 will probably be accessible in two mannequin variants, the eDrive40 single-motor RWD variant and the M60 xDrive AWD efficiency mannequin.
Each characteristic fifth-generation BMW eDrive know-how, with the motors mentioned to supply impressively excessive energy density and effectivity. The BMW i5 eDrive40 delivers 335 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque – or 317 lb-ft (429 Nm) when the Sport Enhance or Lanch Management perform is activated.
This allows the entry-level mannequin to do 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and hit an electronically restricted high pace of 120 mph (193 kph).
The i5 M60 xDrive incorporates a dual-motor powertrain delivering 590-hp (440-kW) and 549 lb-ft (743 Nm) of torque – or 605 lb-ft (819 Nm) with the M Sport Enhance or M Launch Management capabilities activated. Promising “hallmark M Efficiency traits,” the i5 M60 xDrive doe 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and hits a high pace of 143 mph (230 kph) when geared up with efficiency tires.
Each variants are powered by a high-voltage battery with a usable capability of 84.3 kilowatt-hours, composed of 4 modules with 72 battery cells every and three modules with 12 cells every.
The battery allows a driving vary of 295 miles for the i5 eDrive40 on customary 19-inch wheels or 256 miles for the i5 M60 xDrive. The vary rankings are estimated by BMW primarily based on the EPA’s check process requirements.
BMW says a 3rd powertrain variant with AWD will comply with in 2024. In line with official info leaked on Bimmerpost, the mannequin will probably be badged i5 xDrive40 and can enter manufacturing in March 2024.
To preserve battery energy in crucial conditions the place drivers are unable to recharge, the BMW i5 gives a brand new Max Vary perform that restricts drive energy and high pace (to 56 mph) and deactivates consolation capabilities.
In relation to charging, the BMW i5 can take Stage 2 AC charging at as much as 11 kW or DC quick charging at as much as 205 kW, with the latter permitting the battery to high up from 10 to 80 p.c in about half-hour.
Talking of which, first-time BMW i5 house owners will get two years of complimentary 30-minute charging periods at Electrify America DC fast-charging places. As well as, the i5 turns into the primary BMW EV to make use of Plug & Cost performance.
For optimized DC quick charging, the BMW i5 makes use of anticipatory battery thermal administration that mechanically pre-conditions the battery when the navigation system is lively earlier than a deliberate charging cease.
As well as, the BMW i5 prevents “overcooling” of the battery throughout quick charging, particularly at excessive states of cost, by implementing full and partial cooling energy phases within the charging course of. That is mentioned to supply elevated potential for brief charging occasions and lowering battery cell getting old.
The BMW i5 additionally will get the most recent model of adaptive recuperation throughout throttle lift-off and braking phases that lets the drive management system use navigation information and knowledge from sensors of the driving force help methods to regulate how a lot energy is recuperated based on the respective visitors state of affairs.
The driving force may manually choose Excessive, Medium, or Low braking vitality restoration for all visitors conditions within the BMW iDrive menu. For instance, the Low setting allows a “coast” perform the place the i5 merely rolls alongside with out drive torque as quickly because the accelerator pedal is launched.
Effectivity is additional enhanced through the use of warmth pump know-how each for the built-in heating and cooling circuit of the inside and the heating and cooling system of the drive and the high-voltage battery. This enables each the cabin and the battery to be heated concurrently with the warmth pump perform, or with a central electrical auxiliary heater if required.
Since we’re speaking a couple of 5 Sequence, driving dynamics play an enormous half within the nameplate’s enchantment, and the i5 guarantees close to excellent 50:50 weight distribution and a suspension setup that favors sporty dealing with – double-wishbone entrance axle and five-link rear axle.
The dampers characteristic new stroke dependent management on each axles, offering extra hydraulic damping that’s mentioned to calm the physique when compensating for the vibrations attributable to uneven street surfaces and dynamic cornering. The BMW i5 additionally will get self-leveling rear-axle air suspension and sport electrical energy steering with variable ratio.
On high of that, the i5 M60 xDrive options customary Adaptive M Suspension Skilled, which incorporates electronically managed dampers, rear-wheel steering, and lowers the experience peak by 0.3 inches.
The BMW i5 will probably be made at Plant Dingolfing, BMW’s largest European plant, the place the electrical motors and the high-voltage batteries are additionally constructed. US costs begin at $67,795 for the i5 eDrive40 and $85,095 for the i5 M60 xDrive (together with $995 delivery). The pricing clearly targets the Mercedes-Benz EQE and considerably undercuts the equally sized Tesla Mannequin S.