BMW’s next-generation 5 Series, including the first-ever electric i5, could be just months away from an official reveal.
BMW has yet to officially announce a reveal date.
Production for the G60 generation 5 Series is reportedly set to begin in September this year with first deliveries scheduled for early 2024.
The new-generation 5 Series and its electric i5 counterpart, both set to be offered as a sedan and wagon, have been spied extensively.
It’s unclear if the Touring will be offered locally, given the current wagon isn’t available to private buyers here.
BMW Blog reports the 5 Series range will comprise the turbo-petrol four-cylinder 520i and 530i, a turbo-diesel four-cylinder 520d and a turbo inline-six 540i.
If going all-electric isn’t your cup of tea there are expected to be two plug-in hybrid options available, one with a four-cylinder engine and the other with a six-cylinder engine.
The electric i5 will reportedly be offered with either single-motor rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrains.
Reports suggest the single-motor i5 eDrive40 will produce 247kW of power while the dual-motor i5 M60 will produce 447kW.
Finally, the M5, expected to be revealed later, will reportedly gain plug-in hybrid power and an available wagon body style.
It’s expected to borrow the PHEV powertrain from the recently-revealed XM SUV, which consists of a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with 360kW/650Nm, a 145kW/280Nm electric motor, and a 25.7kWh battery pack. Total system outputs are 480kW of power and 800Nm of torque.
The interior of the 5 Series is set to receive a considerable upgrade with the introduction of BMW’s iDrive 8.5 infotainment technology.
The newly designed cabin will reportedly feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch infotainment screen and, like other recent BMWs, will lose much of its physical switchgear.
The current-generation BMW 5 Series has been on sale since 2016 and was facelifted in 2020.
Its arch-rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, is also set to be revealed in redesigned form during 2023.
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